dissertation

noun
dis·​ser·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdi-sər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce dissertation (audio) \

Definition of dissertation

: an extended usually written treatment of a subject specifically : one submitted for a doctorate wrote her dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet

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Other Words from dissertation

dissertational \ ˌdi-​sər-​ˈtāsh-​nəl How to pronounce dissertational (audio) , -​ˈtā-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of dissertation in a Sentence

He wrote his dissertation on an obscure 16th-century poet.

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Gagne’s novel approach started with his PhD dissertation between 2014 and 2015. Matthew Cappucci, The Denver Post, "Using facial recognition technology to predict hailstorms," 23 Aug. 2019 De La Cruz Santana, 28, conceived the interactive mural as part of a doctoral dissertation at University of California, Davis, in Spanish with a focus on literature and immigrant experiences. Elliot Spagat, USA TODAY, "A US veteran, mothers of kids born in America: This interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported," 11 Aug. 2019 De La Cruz Santana, 28, conceived the interactive mural as part of a doctoral dissertation at University of California, Davis, in Spanish with a focus on literature and immigrant experiences. Washington Post, "Interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported," 10 Aug. 2019 Mesmer asserted in his doctoral dissertation that the gravitational force of the planets, sun, and moon also affected the human body. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Capano approached her school, Thomas Jefferson University, about writing a dissertation on cannabis. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Meet Alex Capano, America's first cannabis doctor," 30 Aug. 2019 The most exciting parts are the next steps,’’ the soon-to-be Ph.d told his audience, all gathered to watch him defend his dissertation. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "For ALS doctor, finding a cure is personal," 19 Aug. 2019 Her dissertation will include written arguments for DACA-style benefits to anyone who comes to the U.S. as a young child, without any of the disqualifiers like criminal history that former President Barack Obama included. Elliot Spagat, USA TODAY, "A US veteran, mothers of kids born in America: This interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported," 11 Aug. 2019 Alongside her is Deborah, 25, who is also intersex and writing her university dissertation on the subject. Suyin Haynes, Time, "New Documentary Explores the Realities of Being an Intersex Person and Their Treatment By Society," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of dissertation

1651, in the meaning defined above

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dissertation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dissertation

: a long piece of writing about a particular subject that is done to earn an advanced degree at a university

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