pre·​cise | \ pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce precise (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Miniature robots are for example advancing in Robotic Retinal Dissection Devices where the robotic precision cuts are more precise than surgeons, reducing the risk of eye membrane damage. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The Apple Pencil is much more precise than the cheap, bulbous-tipped styluses you might be used to. Medea Giordano, Wired, 26 Sep. 2021 Its visual tracking capabilities aren’t as precise as the AirTags but exceeds its rival’s basic functionality with the largest operating range and loudest sound production on a Bluetooth tracker. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 25 Aug. 2021 Or, maybe even more similar, the film in which two rival figure skaters — one precise and one improvisational — get into a career-ending fight and wind up as a winning pairs team. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2021 These data come from cameras, lidars (light detection and ranging systems), radars and precise positioning, combined with highly detailed digital maps. Steven E. Shladover, Scientific American, 25 Sep. 2021 Assuming that the programming of the AI driving system is written to strictly adhere to the rules, this would algorithmically be applied and occur with relatively precise enactment. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 The orchestra sounded tauter and more precise than in the other readings. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 Kyle Greenwell has one of the stronger legs in C-USA, averaging 44.1 yards on 17 punts and knocking back a 73-yard kick at North Texas, but is also precise with seven air catches, four touchbacks and three kicks inside the 20-yard line. Evan Dudley, al, 23 Sep. 2021

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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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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


pre·​cise | \ pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce precise (audio) \

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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