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prɪˈsɪʒ ənpre·ci·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preciseness, precisionnoun

    the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance

    "he handled it with the preciseness of an automaton"; "note the meticulous precision of his measurements"


  1. precisionnoun

    the state of being precise or exact; exactness

  2. precisionnoun

    the ability of a measurement to be reproduced consistently

  3. precisionnoun

    the number of significant digits to which a value may be measured reliably

  4. precisionadjective

    used for exact or precise measurement

  5. precisionadjective

    made, or characterized by accuracy

  6. Etymology: From precision.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Precisionnoun

    Exact limitation.

    Etymology: precision, Fr.

    He that thinks of being in general, thinks never of any particular species of being; unless he can think of it with and without precision at the same time. John Locke.

    I have left out the utmost precisions of fractions in these computations as not necessary; these whole numbers shewing well enough the difference of the value of guineas. John Locke.

    I was unable to treat this part more in detail, without sacrificing perspicuity to ornament, without wandering from the precision or breaking the chain of reasoning. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precisionnoun

    the quality or state of being precise; exact limitation; exactness; accuracy; strict conformity to a rule or a standard; definiteness

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. precision

    Exact limitation, scrupulous observance of certain given rules.

Editors Contribution

  1. precision

    Accurate and exact.

    The precision engineering company make metal tool plates for plastic components.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 17, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precision' in Nouns Frequency: #2712

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precision in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precision in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of precision in a Sentence

  1. Jeneiv Shah:

    The fact that a tractor and row-crop oriented company such as John Deere did this means it won't be long before corn or soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest will start using precision spraying.

  2. Jeremy Lim:

    The detail of the restrictions really reflects the penchant of the Singapore policy makers for precision and desire to control every factor possible.

  3. Dara Massicot:

    The skies would not be a factor for Russian precision guided cruise or ballistic missiles, or even some of their more accurate long-range artillery systems, cloud cover is especially not a factor for fixed locations like military facilities or command and control where coordinates are known.

  4. Barack Obama:

    I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine – one that delivers the right treatment at the right time, tonight, I'm launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.

  5. Richard Isaacson:

    People want to know,' what are my chances ?' and then' what can I do about it ?' not today, but in the near future, we'll be able to calculate a person's likelihood of developing Alzheimer's or another brain disorder in a more precise way, and that will help with precision medical and lifestyle management.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. aberrate
    • B. flub
    • C. descant
    • D. abrade

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