What does comparison mean?

Definitions for comparison
kəmˈpær ə səncom·par·i·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comparison, comparingnoun

    the act of examining resemblances

    "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"

  2. comparisonnoun

    relation based on similarities and differences

  3. comparison, compare, equivalence, comparabilitynoun

    qualities that are comparable

    "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"


  1. comparisonnoun

    The act of comparing or the state or process of being compared

  2. comparisonnoun

    An evaluation of the similarities and differences of one or more things relative to some other or each-other

    He made a careful comparison of the available products before buying anything.

  3. comparisonnoun

    With a negation, the state of being similar or alike

    There really is no comparison between the performance of today's computers and those of a decade ago.

  4. comparisonnoun

    The ability of adjectives and adverbs to form three degrees.

  5. Etymology: From comparaison, from comparatio, from comparatus, the past participle of comparare 'to compare'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Comparisonnoun

    Etymology: comparison, French.

    Natalis Comes, comparing his parts with those of a man, reckons his claws among them, which are much more like those of a lion: so easy it is to drive on the comparison too far, to make it good. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    Our author saves me the comparison with tragedy; for he says, that herein he is to imitate the tragick poet. Dryden.

    If we will rightly estimate what we call good and evil, we shall find it lies much in comparison. John Locke.

    Objects near our view are apt to be thought greater than those of a larger size that are more remote; and so it is with pleasure and pain: the present is apt to carry it, and those at a distance have the disadvantage in the comparison. John Locke.

    If men would live as religion requires, the world would be a most lovely and desireable place, in comparison of what now it is. John Tillotson, Sermon iii.

    One can scarce imagine how so plentiful a soil should become so miserably unpeopled, in comparison of what it once was. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    As fair and as good a kind of hand in hand comparison, had been something too fair and too good for any lady in Britany. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.


  1. comparison

    Comparison is the act or process of analyzing two or more things in order to identify similarities and differences or to evaluate their relative significance, quality, or value. It is a method often used in decision making, problem solving, and research.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comparisonnoun

    the act of comparing; an examination of two or more objects with the view of discovering the resemblances or differences; relative estimate

  2. Comparisonnoun

    the state of being compared; a relative estimate; also, a state, quality, or relation, admitting of being compared; as, to bring a thing into comparison with another; there is no comparison between them

  3. Comparisonnoun

    that to which, or with which, a thing is compared, as being equal or like; illustration; similitude

  4. Comparisonnoun

    the modification, by inflection or otherwise, which the adjective and adverb undergo to denote degrees of quality or quantity; as, little, less, least, are examples of comparison

  5. Comparisonnoun

    a figure by which one person or thing is compared to another, or the two are considered with regard to some property or quality, which is common to them both; e.g., the lake sparkled like a jewel

  6. Comparisonnoun

    the faculty of the reflective group which is supposed to perceive resemblances and contrasts

  7. Comparisonverb

    to compare

  8. Etymology: [F. comparaison, L. comparatio. See 1st Compare.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comparison' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2978

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comparison' in Nouns Frequency: #994

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comparison in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comparison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of comparison in a Sentence

  1. Kwame Addo-Kufuor:

    This is a directive that we welcome ... We believe it will help improve trust amongst stakeholders in the industry, pMMC officials now have permanent access to our gold rooms during gold pours for a first-hand view of the processes, and to take assay samples for analysis and comparison and participate in pre-shipment sealing and processes.

  2. Caroline Schroeder:

    I ’d like to express how little faith I have in this board to do the right thing today or in the months to come, i genuinely hope that I’ve effectively insulted at least a few of you right now, because that insignificant and fleeting feeling that you’re experiencing in this particular moment is absolutely nothing in comparison to the persistent and often debilitating fear that survivors at LSU suffer on a daily basis as a direct result of your deliberate indifference to abuse on this campus.

  3. Rudy Giuliani:

    This is, you know, 1.2 million documents. I’ve been in case for two weeks -- virtually one day in comparison to other people, so I ’m not Rudy Giuliani on the facts yet. I ’m getting there. But I am an expert on the law, particularly the campaign finance law, he continued. I’ve lived under it, running for president. And the fact is there’s no way this is a campaign finance violation of any kind, nor was it a loan.

  4. Corine Fairbanks:

    I think that Serra was, you know, an accomplice and co-conspirator to rape, land theft, torture, murder. I think that he’s just as bad as Hitler. I mean, some people might not understand the comparison, but he was a man with a vision and kept nothing—nothing—in the way of making that vision happen, didn’t care how many thousands of people that he hurt. He had a vision, he had a plan, he executed it.

  5. Kamala Harris:

    Joe Biden took the, I believe, right and courageous step to say that Senate rules should not get in the way of protecting the American people's access to the ballot. And Joe Biden compared this time to a previous time in our history, which is apt for comparison.

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