synthesis

noun
syn·​the·​sis | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \
plural syntheses\ ˈsin(t)-​thə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \

Definition of synthesis

1a : the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole
b : the production of a substance by the union of chemical elements, groups, or simpler compounds or by the degradation of a complex compound
c : the combining of often diverse conceptions into a coherent whole also : the complex so formed
2a : deductive reasoning
b : the dialectic combination of thesis and antithesis into a higher stage of truth
3 : the frequent and systematic use of inflected forms as a characteristic device of a language

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Other Words from synthesis

synthesist \ ˈsin(t)-​thə-​sist How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \ noun

Examples of synthesis in a Sentence

a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
Recent Examples on the Web Scientists may be able to model future RNA synthesis on an original, chimeric process that doesn’t require enzymes at all. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "It Sure Looks Like the RNA World Hypothesis Is Wrong," 29 Dec. 2020 The concepts included graphics and sound, the ability to connect to teletext networks, speech synthesis, and even some rudimentary AI. Jason Torchinsky, Ars Technica, "How an obscure British PC maker invented ARM and changed the world," 20 Dec. 2020 The often stirring synthesis that resulted drew from church music, soul, funk, blues and more. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "All boxed up! New CD and vinyl box sets from Prince, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, U2 and more," 13 Dec. 2020 But Carlos Lozada did just that—he’s the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, so at least he got paid for it—and his synthesis of those books is both an entertaining read and an urgent call to greater civic engagement. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best books of 2020, according to Fortune staff," 6 Dec. 2020 The first such protocol was based on the rudimentary yet elegant logic of the thesis-antithesis-synthesis progression. Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 Is this synthesis perhaps sentience itself, a level of self-awareness that goes beyond our current understanding? Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 The ensemble model has tended to perform well at moments when the pandemic was proceeding along the path of previous weeks, but this synthesis of forecasts has missed major turning points. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is About to Pass Spring’s Grimmest Record," 19 Nov. 2020 The ideological battle in the Republican Party is undoubtedly of great importance, and finding a synthesis between the Paul Ryan and Donald Trump wings is essential for its future success. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Disciplined Campaigns Win Elections," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of synthesis

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for synthesis

Greek, from syntithenai to put together, from syn- + tithenai to put, place — more at do

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The first known use of synthesis was in 1589

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13 Jan 2021

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“Synthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthesis. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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synthesis

noun
How to pronounce synthesis (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of synthesis

formal : something that is made by combining different things (such as ideas, styles, etc.)
technical : the production of a substance by combining simpler substances through a chemical process
: the production of sounds or speech by using electronic equipment

synthesis

noun
syn·​the·​sis | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \
plural syntheses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce synthesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of synthesis

1 : the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole
2 : the production of a substance by the union of chemical elements, groups, or simpler compounds or by the degradation of a complex compound protein synthesis

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