Definitions for explanationˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•pla•na•tionˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of explaining.

  2. something that explains.

Origin of explanation:

1350–1400; ME < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. explanation, account(noun)

    a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

    "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"

  2. explanation(noun)

    thought that makes something comprehensible

  3. explanation(noun)

    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible

    "I heard his explanation of the accident"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. explanation(noun)ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən

    sth that tells you why or how sth happens

    He gave a complicated explanation of the system.; The article provided/offered no explanation.; The meeting was canceled without explanation.

Wiktionary

  1. explanation(Noun)

    The act or process of explaining

    The explanation was long and drawn-out.

  2. explanation(Noun)

    Something that explains, makes understandable

    An explanation for each UFO sighting was easily found.

  3. explanation(Noun)

    An excuse, apologetic justification not based on enough evidence

    Hoover supporters' "explanations" and former status rarely save him from modern ridicule as a useless expense.

  4. Origin: From explanatio, from explanare; see explain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explanation(noun)

    the act of explaining, expounding, or interpreting; the act of clearing from obscurity and making intelligible; as, the explanation of a passage in Scripture, or of a contract or treaty

  2. Explanation(noun)

    that which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation

  3. Explanation(noun)

    the meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense

  4. Explanation(noun)

    a mutual exposition of terms, meaning, or motives, with a view to adjust a misunderstanding, and reconcile differences; reconciliation; agreement; as, to come to an explanation

Freebase

  1. Explanation

    An explanation is a set of statements constructed to describe a set of facts which clarifies the causes, context, and consequences of those facts. This description may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing ones in relation to any objects, or phenomena examined. The components of an explanation can be implicit, and be interwoven with one another. An explanation is often underpinned by an understanding that is represented by different media such as music, text, and graphics. Thus, an explanation is subjected to interpretation, and discussion. In scientific research, explanation is one of the purposes of research, e.g., exploration and description. Explanation is a way to uncover new knowledge, and to report relationships among different aspects of studied phenomena. Explanations have varied explanatory power.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2137

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3976

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'explanation' in Nouns Frequency: #734


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

explanation(noun)

the act or process of explaining

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