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əˈnæl ə sɪs; -ˌsizana·ly·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. analysisnoun

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

  2. analysis, analytic thinkingnoun

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

  3. analysisnoun

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

  4. analysisnoun

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

  5. analysisnoun

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

  6. psychoanalysis, analysis, depth psychologynoun

    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"


  1. analysisnoun

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

  2. analysisnoun

    The result of such a process.

  3. analysisnoun

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

  4. analysisnoun

    Proof by deduction from known truths.

  5. analysisnoun

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

  6. analysisnoun


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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Analysisnoun

    Etymology: ἀνάλυσις.

    There is an account of dew falling, in some places, in the form of butter, or grease, which grows extremely fetid; so that the analysis of the dew of any place, may, perhaps, be the best method of finding such contents of the soil as are within the reach of the sun. Arbuthnot.

    Analysis consists in making experiments and observations, and in drawing general conclusions from them by induction, and admitting of no objections against the conclusions, but such as are taken from experiments, or other certain truths. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    We cannot know any thing of nature, but by an analysis of its true initial causes; till we know the first springs of natural motions, we are still but ignorants. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientif.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Analysisnoun

    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. Analysisnoun

    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. Analysisnoun

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

  4. Analysisnoun

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

  5. Analysisnoun

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

  6. Analysisnoun

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

  7. Analysisnoun

    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

  8. Etymology: [Gr. , fr. to unloose, to dissolve, to resolve into its elements; up + to loose. See Loose.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Analysis

    an-al′is-is, n. a resolving or separating a thing into its elements or component parts—the tracing of things to their source, and so discovering the general principles underlying individual phenomena. Its converse is synthesis, the explanation of certain phenomena by means of principles which are for this purpose assumed as established. Analysis as the resolution of our experience into its original elements, is an artificial separation; while synthesis is an artificial reconstruction: (gram.) the arrangement into its logical and grammatical elements of a sentence or part of a sentence:—pl. Anal′yses.—adj. Analys′able.—n. Analysā′tion.—v.t. An′alyse, to resolve a whole into its elements: to separate into component parts.—n. An′alyst, one skilled in analysis, esp. chemical analysis.—adjs. Analyt′ic, -al, pertaining to analysis: resolving into first principles.—adv. Analyt′ically.—n.pl. Analyt′ics, the name given by Aristotle to his treatises on logic.—Analytical geometry, geometry treated by means of ordinary algebra, with a reference, direct or indirect, to a system of co-ordinates; Analytic method (logic) proceeds regressively or inductively to the recognition of general principles, as opposed to the Synthetic method, which advances from principles to particulars. [Gr. analysis, analy-ein, to unloose, ana, up, ly-ein, to loose.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. analysis

    The resolution of anything into its constituent parts: mathematically, it is the method of resolving problems by reducing them to equations.--Analysis of curves is that which shows their properties, points of inflection, station, variation, &c.--Analysis of finite quantities is termed specious arithmetic or algebra.--Analysis of infinites is a modern introduction, and used for fluxions or the differential calculus.--Analysis of powers is the evolution or resolving them into their roots.--Analysis of metals, fluids, solids, earths, manures, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. analysis

    A detailed review of data or information to provide proof of cause, effect or fact.

    They used analysis to determine the future goals of the business.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

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    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of analysis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of analysis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of analysis in a Sentence

  1. Frank McKenzie:

    My analysis was that an accelerated withdrawal, without meeting specific and necessary conditions, risks losing the substantial gains made in Afghanistan [and] damaging U.S. worldwide credibility,” McKenzie said.

  2. Evan Esar:

    Statistician A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won't stand up either.

  3. Jeremy Faust:

    We do a risk and benefit analysis of everything and if I can't tell my patient what the benefit is, there's no conversation to be had.

  4. Damitha Pathmalal:

    We did a very deep analysis into the consumer cohort and found that the most frequent users are the most price-sensitive consumers,” said Pathmalal. “There isn't going to be an influx of new users... which is a prerequisite for high-growth markets.”

  5. Anna Zimolag:

    After an analysis (of the evidence), decisions will be taken regarding further proceedings, including a possible extension of charges already pressed or pressing charges against further people, whose actions are being investigated.

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