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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.


  1. precision

    Precision refers to the level of accuracy and exactness, or the ability of a measurement to be consistently reproduced. In other words, precision is how close multiple measurements of the same quantity are to each other, regardless of whether or not they are close to the actual or true value. The term is often used in various fields such as science, engineering, statistics, and industry to describe the degree to which repeated measurements or processes provide similar results.

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. Keechant Sewell:

    Any idea that we are going back to regressive policies to control crime is simply not true, through precision policing, we are addressing the criminal few who prey on the people of this city.

  2. Anthony Letai:

    I hope that these findings will convince the world of cancer treatment that rapid, functional measurements of how a patient's actual living tumor cells react to a variety of cancer therapies can be at least as valuable in determining the best way to treat each patient, this is functional precision medicine, getting the right drugs to the right patient.

  3. James Terry:

    These strikes are intended to destroy ISIL strongholds with precision, thereby saving innocent Iraqi lives while minimizing collateral damage to infrastructure.

  4. 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.

  5. Andrew Pecora:

    It assigns this digital code to the person called the CNA, the Cota Nodal Address, we’re the only people that do that, so you as an individual know, this is exactly who I am with my disease and you can see everybody else in the country, just like you, what they received in their care and what’s best for them. We’re unique in that and it allows for precision medicine to match up to population health.

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