accuracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n accuracy the quality of being near to the true value "he was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass","the lawyer questioned the truth of my account"
    • n accuracy (mathematics) the number of significant figures given in a number "the atomic clock enabled scientists to measure time with much greater accuracy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories
    • n Accuracy The state of being accurate; freedom from mistakes, this exemption arising from carefulness; exact conformity to truth, or to a rule or model; precision; exactness; nicety; correctness; as, the value of testimony depends on its accuracy . "The professed end [of logic] is to teach men to think, to judge, and to reason, with precision and accuracy .""The accuracy with which the piston fits the sides."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you?re typical, you can guess someone?s sex with 95% accuracy just by smelling their breath.
    • n accuracy The condition or quality of being accurate; extreme precision or exactness; exact conformity to truth, or to a rule or model; correctness: as, the value of testimony depends on its accuracy; copies of legal instruments should be taken with accuracy.
    • n accuracy Synonyms Accurateness, exactness, exactitude, precision, carefulness, care, niceness, nicety.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Accuracy correctness: exactness
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Quotations

  • Tryon Edwards
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    “Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.”
  • Charles Simmons
    Charles Simmons
    “Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”
  • Saul Bellow
    Saul Bellow
    “Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Accurate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. accuratus, performed with care (of things)—ad, to, cura, care.

Usage

In literature:

For research, for labor, and for accuracy he has produced a work almost without parallel.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
In regard to the execution of the present edition, we regret to say that it is wanting in typographical accuracy.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
If Belcher was right, and his accuracy could not be doubted, they would find everything just at he had left it.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
There is no external criterion either of good faith or of accuracy.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Faster it grew and faster; but still they had all done it before, and done it with absolute accuracy.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Strictly speaking they can be called a distinct tribe with no greater accuracy than can the Caragas.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
After thirty years no one, I believe, could take an oath to the accuracy of any statement of what he saw or heard so many years ago.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
The reader may perhaps doubt the accuracy of the drawing on the smaller scale, but in that given larger, fig.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
It must have accuracy for the sake of truth.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
But there is so much accuracy when she's right that I think there's some future to training her.
"The Right Time" by Walter Bupp
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In news:

Not only do he and his firm, STR, provide the industry with an endless stream of critical, near-real-time data, but in doing so they maintain the highest levels of accuracy, confidentiality and integrity.
The AG40L sinker EDM with linear motor drives offers high speed and high acceleration, which is said to enable an even and natural flushing condition for high part accuracy.
Questions about accuracy raised in Baltimore.
Even after 15 days of remaining alert without snoozing, the two dolphins in the study (a female named Say, shown here, and a male, Nay) used echolocation with near-perfect accuracy.
According to Urschel, this improved head design increases slice accuracy and reduces downtime associated with routine knife replacement and knife alignment.
Lewontin and Richard Sennett both criticize the NORC survey on the Social Organization of Sexuality because they doubt its accuracy and validity.
Also, placing and soldering one connector rather than three SIP sockets or a single and double row combination increases assembly efficiency and improves positional accuracy.
Apparently, some companies are now outsourcing a majority of hiring decisions to software that assesses with laudable speed and apparent accuracy an individual's likelihood of being the right kind of employee.
The Department of Defense's new Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) enables pilots to direct on-board weapons with high accuracy against enemy aircraft while performing high-G-force aircraft maneuvers.
New SwiftKey 3 Keyboard App for Android Kills the Need for Spacebar Accuracy.
Best Arrows Result in Great Archery Accuracy.
BORA's Spirit Levels provide accuracy and precision for any project.
Spreadsheets create an illusion of orderliness, accuracy, and integrity.
Part one of this article will identify critical elements of the screenmaking process and learn how to rein them in for enhanced efficiency and print accuracy.
CCTA Shows 99 Percent Accuracy in Ruling Out Coronary Artery Stenosis .
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In science:

The acquired knowledge of phase space structures allows to check the accuracy to which resonances are determined by the otherwise independent approaches of cycle expansion and correlation decay.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
If the values ln Re1 and ln Re2 obtained by solving these two different equations (4) coincide within experimental accuracy, then the unique length scale Λ can be determined so that the experimental scaling law in the region (1) coincides with the law (3).
A Note on the Intermediate Region in Turbulent Boundary Layers
There are exact sum rules for the sum of the squares of all Dirac eigenvalues, which can be used to check the numerical accuracy.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
It is interesting to assess the accuracy of the Flory argument in practice.
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
It is assumed that the “bright” candidates have a higher fraction of true QSOs, due to their better photometric accuracy.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
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