Definitions for analysisəˈnæl ə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•nal•y•sisəˈnæl ə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements

    Ref: (opposed to synthesis ).

  2. this process as a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations.

  3. a presentation, usu. in writing, of the results of this process.

  4. an investigation based on the properties of numbers. the discussion of a problem by algebra, as opposed to geometry. the branch of mathematics consisting of calculus and its higher developments.

    Category: Math

  5. intentionally produced decomposition or separation of materials into their ingredients or elements, as to find their kind or quantity. the ascertainment of the kind or amount of one or more of the constituents of materials.

    Category: Chemistry

  6. Category: Psychotherapy

    Ref: psychoanalysis.

Origin of analysis:

1575–85; < NL < Gk, =analy(ein) to loosen up (ana-ana - +lyein to loosen) +-sis -sis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. analysis(noun)

    an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole

  2. analysis, analytic thinking(noun)

    the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations

  3. analysis(noun)

    a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed

  4. analysis(noun)

    the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'

  5. analysis(noun)

    a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation

  6. psychoanalysis, analysis, depth psychology(noun)

    a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud

    "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. analysis(noun)əˈnæl ə sɪs

    the process of thorough study

    an analysis of the financial problems; statistical data for analysis

  2. analysisəˈnæl ə sɪs

    a period of treatment by a psychiatrist

    patients undergoing analysis


  1. analysis(Noun)

    A process of dismantling or separating into constituent elements in order to study the nature, function, or meaning.

  2. analysis(Noun)

    The result of such a process.

  3. analysis(Noun)

    The mathematical study of functions, sequences, series, limits, derivatives and integrals.

  4. analysis(Noun)

    Proof by deduction from known truths.

  5. analysis(Noun)

    The process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts, or the result of this process.

  6. analysis(Noun)


  7. Origin: From analysis, from ἀνάλυσις, from ἀναλύω, from ἀνά + λύω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Analysis(noun)

    a resolution of anything, whether an object of the senses or of the intellect, into its constituent or original elements; an examination of the component parts of a subject, each separately, as the words which compose a sentence, the tones of a tune, or the simple propositions which enter into an argument. It is opposed to synthesis

  2. Analysis(noun)

    the separation of a compound substance, by chemical processes, into its constituents, with a view to ascertain either (a) what elements it contains, or (b) how much of each element is present. The former is called qualitative, and the latter quantitative analysis

  3. Analysis(noun)

    the tracing of things to their source, and the resolving of knowledge into its original principles

  4. Analysis(noun)

    the resolving of problems by reducing the conditions that are in them to equations

  5. Analysis(noun)

    a syllabus, or table of the principal heads of a discourse, disposed in their natural order

  6. Analysis(noun)

    a brief, methodical illustration of the principles of a science. In this sense it is nearly synonymous with synopsis

  7. Analysis(noun)

    the process of ascertaining the name of a species, or its place in a system of classification, by means of an analytical table or key


  1. Analysis

    Analysis is a peer-reviewed academic journal of philosophy established in 1933 that is published quarterly by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Analysis Trust. Prior to January 2009, the journal was published by Blackwell Publishing. Electronic access to this journal is available via JSTOR, Wiley InterScience, and Oxford Journals. The journal publishes short, concise articles in virtually any field of the analytic tradition.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Analysis

    The determination of the elements of a case. It may be chemical, and consist in finding what a substance consists of; it may be mathematical, and consist in determining the unknown quantities in a problem; or it may belong to other branches of science. The term has a very extended application. Where the constituents are only determined in kind it is called qualitative analysis; where their quantity or percentage is ascertained it is called quantitative analysis.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'analysis' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #709

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'analysis' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2369

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'analysis' in Nouns Frequency: #291

Translations for analysis

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a) detailed examination of something (a sentence, a chemical compound etc) especially by breaking it up into the parts of which it is made up

The chemist is making an analysis of the poison; close analysis of the situation.

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