precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \pri-ˈsīs \

Definition of precise 

1 : exactly or sharply defined or stated

2 : minutely exact

3 : strictly conforming to a pattern, standard, or convention

4 : distinguished from every other at just that precise moment

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Other Words from precise

preciseness noun

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correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error. correct answers socially correct dress accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care. an accurate description exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth. exact measurements precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation. precise calibration nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination. makes nice distinctions right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault. the right thing to do

Examples of precise in a Sentence

Be sure to take precise measurements before you cut the cloth. The dating of very old materials has become more precise with new instruments. The word has a very precise meaning. Can you find a more precise term than “good” to describe the movie? Could you be a little more precise about what happened? She is very precise in her work.
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Square Roots develops hydroponic farms housed in shipping containers that use high-tech lighting systems and offer precise, scientific control of light and every other relevant variable, like water and nutrients. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 Apply glitter over glue dots for a more precise design, or sprinkle glitter on top and shake off excess. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 12 Sep. 2018 But now, there are smarter lasers that can be used in a much more precise—and safe—way, making getting rid of unwanted fuzz a reality for a wider range of skin tones. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Brown Girl's Guide to Laser Hair Removal," 20 Aug. 2018 This was largely thanks to the precise temperature control of the smaller air fryer as compared with a conventional oven. Ben Mims, WSJ, "Could This Appliance Replace Your Oven?," 16 Aug. 2018 Jon Lester wasn’t sure whether Major League Baseball or the Cubs decided he would be scratched from participating in the All-Star Game, but the decision gives the Cubs a more precise idea of how to set up their rotation for the second half. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs pitcher Jon Lester's Sunday start means he won't pitch in All-Star game," 14 July 2018 Shikanov and several researchers in the field are currently crafting artificial ovaries with synthetic polymers and hydrogels, which may afford more precise control over the mechanical properties of the scaffold. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 In contrast, T2’s $150 test yields a more precise analysis in five hours by detecting five of the most common sepsis-causing species of bacteria. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Sepsis is the third leading cause of death. Can a new blood test change that?," 3 July 2018 This allows precise control of the grill temperature. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s money’s no object, high-end outdoor kitchens," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of precise

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for precise

Middle English, from Middle French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut

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precise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of precise

: very accurate and exact

—used to refer to an exact and particular time, location, etc.

: very careful and exact about the details of something

precise

adjective
pre·​cise | \pri-ˈsīs \

Kids Definition of precise

1 : exactly stated or explained He gave precise instructions.

2 : very exact : accurate The clay for glaze was mixed in precise proportions with water and wood ash.— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard

3 : being exactly the one mentioned or indicated and no other At that precise moment, the telephone rang.

Other Words from precise

precisely adverb

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