Definitions for Synthesisˈsɪn θə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

syn•the•sisˈsɪn θə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity

    Ref: (opposed to analysis 1 ).

  2. a complex whole formed by combining.

  3. the forming or building of a more complex chemical substance or compound from elements or simpler compounds.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. Category: Philosphy

    Ref: See under Hegelian dialectic.

Origin of synthesis:

1580–90; < L < Gk sýnthesis=syn(ti)thé(nai) to put together, construct (syn-syn - +tithénai to put) +-sis -sis


Princeton's WordNet

  1. synthesis(noun)

    the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)

  2. synthesis, synthetic thinking(noun)

    the combination of ideas into a complex whole

  3. deduction, deductive reasoning, synthesis(noun)

    reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)


  1. synthesis(Noun)

    The formation of something complex or coherent by combining simpler things.

  2. synthesis(Noun)

    The reaction of elements or compounds to form more complex compounds.

  3. synthesis(Noun)

    A deduction from the general to the particular.

  4. synthesis(Noun)

    The combination of thesis and antithesis.

  5. synthesis(Noun)

    In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation; (JP 1-02).

  6. synthesis(Noun)

    An apt arrangement of elements of a text, especially for euphony.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Synthesis(noun)

    composition, or the putting of two or more things together, as in compounding medicines

  2. Synthesis(noun)

    the art or process of making a compound by putting the ingredients together, as contrasted with analysis; thus, water is made by synthesis from hydrogen and oxygen; hence, specifically, the building up of complex compounds by special reactions, whereby their component radicals are so grouped that the resulting substances are identical in every respect with the natural articles when such occur; thus, artificial alcohol, urea, indigo blue, alizarin, etc., are made by synthesis

  3. Synthesis(noun)

    the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, as of simple into complex conceptions, species into genera, individual propositions into systems; -- the opposite of analysis

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. synthesis

    In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Synthesis' in Nouns Frequency: #2659

Translations for Synthesis

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(something produced through) the process of combining separate parts, eg chemical elements or substances, into a whole

Plastic is produced by synthesis; His recent book is a synthesis of several of his earlier ideas.

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