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ˈsɪn θə sɪs; -ˌsizsyn·the·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. synthesisnoun

    the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)

  2. synthesis, synthetic thinkingnoun

    the combination of ideas into a complex whole

  3. deduction, deductive reasoning, synthesisnoun

    reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)


  1. synthesisnoun

    The formation of something complex or coherent by combining simpler things.

  2. synthesisnoun

    The reaction of elements or compounds to form more complex compounds.

  3. synthesisnoun

    A deduction from the general to the particular.

  4. synthesisnoun

    The combination of thesis and antithesis.

  5. synthesisnoun

    In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation; (JP 1-02).

  6. synthesisnoun

    An apt arrangement of elements of a text, especially for euphony.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Synthesisnoun

    The act of joining, opposed to analysis.

    Etymology: σύνϑεσις.

    The synthesis consists in assuming the causes discovered and established as principles, and by them explaining the phænomena proceeding from them, and proving the explanations. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. synthesis

    Synthesis is a process or method of combining separate elements, components, or concepts to produce a coherent whole or a more complex system. It is often used in different fields such as chemistry, biology, and philosophy, denoting the procedure of producing a new entity, theory, or idea from existing ones by integrating and harmonizing their properties or features.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Synthesisnoun

    composition, or the putting of two or more things together, as in compounding medicines

  2. Synthesisnoun

    the art or process of making a compound by putting the ingredients together, as contrasted with analysis; thus, water is made by synthesis from hydrogen and oxygen; hence, specifically, the building up of complex compounds by special reactions, whereby their component radicals are so grouped that the resulting substances are identical in every respect with the natural articles when such occur; thus, artificial alcohol, urea, indigo blue, alizarin, etc., are made by synthesis

  3. Synthesisnoun

    the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, as of simple into complex conceptions, species into genera, individual propositions into systems; -- the opposite of analysis

  4. Etymology: [L., a mixture, properly, a putting together, Gr. , fr. to place or put together; sy`n with + to place. See Thesis.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Synthesis

    sin′the-sis, n. a term applied to the building up of compound substances from the elements they contain or from other compounds, usually of less complexity than themselves: a making a whole out of parts: the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, or reasoning from principles previously established to a conclusion, as opposed to analysis: (gram.) the uniting of ideas into a sentence: (med.) the reunion of parts that have been divided: (chem.) the uniting of elements to form a compound:—pl. Syn′theses (-sēz).—v.t. Syn′thesīse, to unite by synthesis.—ns. Syn′thesist, Syn′thetist, one who synthetises.—adjs. Synthet′ic, -al, pertaining to synthesis: consisting in synthesis or composition.—adv. Synthet′ically.—n. Synthet′icism, the principles of synthesis, a synthetic system.—v.t. Syn′thetise.—Synthetic philosophy, the system of Herbert Spencer, so called by himself because conceived as a fusion of the different sciences into a whole. [Gr. synthesissyn, with, together, thesis, a placing—tithēmi, I place.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. synthesis

    In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'synthesis' in Nouns Frequency: #2659

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of synthesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of synthesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of synthesis in a Sentence

  1. Carl Sandburg:

    Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

  2. Sean Solomon:

    Mercury's polar regions thus serve as a witness plate to the delivery to the inner solar system of water and organic compounds from the outer solar system — a process that, much earlier, may have led to prebiotic chemical synthesis and the origin of life on Earth.

  3. Mickey Mehta:

    Intellectuals understand life through analysis (breaking it down to small parts), whereas intelligent ones understand through synthesis (putting the parts together). Meaning always arises out of a whole, whereas through parts, one's understanding gets fragmented, confused. Let your perspective maximize, MickeyMize.

  4. Paul Arciero:

    Consuming protein this way stimulates protein synthesis in the cells, which is just a fancy way of saying the production of healthy, lean muscle mass.

  5. Alexandra Zhang:

    Certain lasers with fractional technology can stimulate the collagen synthesis with reduced ‘down time’ and may help to tighten the skin.

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