• WordNet 3.6
    • adj comparative estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete "a relative stranger"
    • adj comparative relating to or based on or involving comparison "comparative linguistics"
    • n comparative the comparative form of an adjective or adverb "`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'","`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'","`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Oceanic compared to size of buildings Oceanic compared to size of buildings

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sperm count of an average American male compared to thirty years ago is down thirty percent
    • Comparative An equal; a rival; a compeer.
    • Comparative Estimated by comparison; relative; not positive or absolute, as compared with another thing or state. "The recurrence of comparative warmth and cold.""The bubble, by reason of its comparative levity to the fluid that incloses it, would necessarily ascend to the top."
    • Comparative (Gram) Expressing a degree greater or less than the positive degree of the quality denoted by an adjective or adverb. The comparative degree is formed from the positive by the use of -er more, or less; as, brighter, more bright, or less bright.
    • Comparative Of or pertaining to comparison. "The comparative faculty."
    • Comparative One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit.
    • Comparative Proceeding from, or by the method of, comparison; as, the comparative sciences; the comparative anatomy.
    • n Comparative (Gram) The comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, the form by which the comparative degree is expressed; as, stronger wiser weaker more stormy less windy, are all comparatives . "In comparatives is expressed a relation of two; as in superlatives there is a relation of many."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Using recycled aluminum cans and making news cans out of them saves 75% energy compared to making it from new material.
    • comparative Estimated by comparison; not positive or absolute; relative.
    • comparative Proceeding by comparison; founded on comparison; especially, founded on the comparison or the parallel pursuit of different branches of the same science or study: as, comparative anatomy; comparative grammar.
    • comparative Making use of comparison or the comparative method.
    • comparative Having the power of comparing; capable of noting similarities and differences.
    • comparative In grammar, implying comparison; denoting a higher degree of a quality, relation, etc., as belonging to one object or set of objects as compared with another. Applied to derived adjective-forms like greater, smaller, blacker, or (much more rarely) to adverb-forms like oftener, sooner; such are called comparative adjectives or adverbs, or they are said to be in or of the comparative degree; the primitives great, often, etc., being called, in relation to them, positives, or of the positive degree, and the derived forms greatest, oftenest, etc., superlatives, or of the superlative degree. See these words, and comparison.
    • n comparative One who is equal or pretends to be an equal; a rival; a competitor.
    • n comparative In grammar, the comparative degree, or a word expressing it. See I., 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed individuals
    • adj Comparative pertaining to comparison: estimated by comparing with something else: not positive or absolute:
    • adj Comparative (gram.) expressing more
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  • Yoshida Kenko
    Yoshida Kenko
    “To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is pleasure beyond compare.”
  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.”
  • William Blake
    “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.”
  • Edward Conklin
    Edward Conklin
    “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.”
  • George Eliot
    “Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comparativus,: cf. F. comparatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. comparāre, to match, from com, together, parāre, to make or esteem equal—par, equal.


In literature:

Back in 1928, a man bought a comparatively new house and eight acres of land for a sum far below the prevailing prices in the vicinity.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
We were not, however, reduced to anything like poverty compared with many of our neighbors.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
I think the question of success or failure with the Surprise, as with other plums, is sort of comparative.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Comparatively few of them are in song, and still fewer nest, at this season.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
Compare /clarus, brevis, velox\, and explain the formation of the comparative and the superlative.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
It has been compared to an inverted basin, the concavity of which is directed toward the abdomen.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Two different performances can be compared as above described.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
Her stories of New England life should be compared with those of Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman (q.v.).
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
The main outline of his ideas is comparable with that of modern science.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
Such is the progressive advance (more than two to one) of free as compared with slave labor.
"Continental Monthly , Vol V. Issue III. March, 1864" by Various
All this time he was comparing the book with the parchment.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Objects compared with a common standard.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume III (of 4)" by George Grote
Thus then injustice, in its successful efficiency, is strong, free, and over-ruling, as compared with justice.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume IV (of 4)" by George Grote
This was due probably to their ample ration and to the fact that they were in the field for a comparatively short period.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess
Active exercise involves more muscles, as in bicycling compared with walking, or exercise with dumb-bells as compared with typewriting.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
Seed-bearing vegetables are comparatively scarce.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1" by Various
You now have the means for comparing one month's rainfall with that of another month, and of seeing how these amounts vary.
"Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology" by Robert DeCourcy Ward
I have compared the permanent kidneys to the lower portion of the kidneys of Selachians.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
Habits may be profitably compared to physiological functions, like breathing, digesting.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey
How do its arms compare with our own?
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In poetry:

Give me thy counsel for my guide,
And then receive me to thy bliss;
All my desires and hopes beside
Are faint and cold compared with this.
"Hymn 79" by Isaac Watts
Too many, who the gospel hear,
Whom Satan blinds and sin deceives;
We to this fig-tree may compare,
They yield no fruit, but only leaves.
"The Blasted Fig-Tree" by John Newton
The dream called death is not
The pain that you fear:
It's an ecstasy
Beyond man's compare;
'Tis life's joy-that's called
The Eternal Fair.
"Death's Pleasure" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
For all the world is nought, and less than nought,
Compared with this,--
That my dear Lord, with His own life, my ransom bought,
And I am His.
"Better And Best" by John Oxenham
High on a throne his glories dwell,
An awful throne of shining bliss;
Fly through the world, O sun! and tell
How dark thy beams compared to his.
"Psalm 148 Paraphrased" by Isaac Watts
Tell her in livelier plumes array'd,
The bird from Indian groves may shine;
But ask the lovely partial maid
What are his notes compared to thine!
"The Skylark" by William Shenstone

In news:

Hagler-Hearns: That's what promoter Bob Arum compared the level of heat and dislike on display between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito to at the final presser before the fighters' Saturday rematch at Madison Square Garden.
Earlier this week, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr compared print media to the Titanic.
299 (Previous rank: 309) Compare tool: Assurant vs Top 10 CEO: Robert B Pollock Address: 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza New York, NY 10005 Phone: 212-859-7000 Website: www. assurant .com.
A comparative look at the average annual cost of higher education.
Americans take less vacation time compared to most other developed nations, and its hurting our health.
411 (Previous rank: 411) Compare tool: Avis Budget Group vs Top 10 CEO: Ronald L Nelson Address: 6 Sylvan Way Parsippany, NJ 07054 Phone: 973-496-4700 Website:
Ripple chamber technology produces between 40-60% less pressure and flow pulsation than comparable pumps.
The Mets, a bastion of stability right now compared with the Red Sox, traded for Boston's backup catcher Tuesday.
Often compared to Michael Phelps due to her versatility in the pool, Franklin makes her first appearance in the pool.
(AP)--A Montana man who wants to mine gravel on the Badlands ranch where Theodore Roosevelt once ran his cattle is comparing his dispute with the US Forest Service to an Old West stare-down.
Researchers ran three separate experiments, and in each case, hairless men came out heads above their hairy competitors—even when photos of men with hair were compared to the same picture altered to make them look bald .
Barren 's Day Treatment Center and BAVEL, the district's virtual high school, added approximately 30 students to Barren County's total enrollment of 4,740 this year compared to 4,660 at the start of the semester last year.
The life of a rock n' roller may be grueling, what with all the constant travel, long hours in the studio and non-stop partying, but, as Duff McKagan found out, it's nothing compared to mountain climbing.
The study found that those delivered by C-section before 34 weeks of pregnancy had 30 percent higher odds of developing respiratory distress compared with similar babies delivered vaginally.
Students were given cider, bread, and various French cheeses to taste and compare.

In science:

When we compare the relative performance of recommendation algorithms, we have multiple dimensions along which to compare the results.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
The spirit of these results is similar, but there is a difference as can be seen from Proposition 1.3 of that paper: The aim is to compare general or continuous linear information applied to g = S (f ) ∈ G, while we compare general or continuous linear information applied to f ∈ F .
Discontinuous information in the worst case and randomized settings
We also find that the disorder, when correlated on a scale sufficiently small compared to the length of the line, self-averages, i.e. the voltage profile remains spatially smooth for any individual realization of the disorder and is correlated only at scales comparable to the length of the line.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
In reference , Radeka derived the optimal peaking time for a resistive charge division configuration, under the assumption of high electrode resistance compared to the amplifier impedance and long amplifier peaking time compared to input signal rise times.
First investigation of a novel 2D position-sensitive semiconductor detector concept
The lemma above can loosely be paraphrased as follows: Good divisibility properties of B ensure good comparability properties of A ⊗ B , and bad comparability properties of A ⊗ B entail bad divisibility properties of B .
Divisibility properties for C*-algebras
As for model transformations within SLCO, one way to reason about their correctness is to compare or relate the SLCO models before and after the transformation, by comparing or relating their implementations.
Prototyping the Semantics of a DSL using ASF+SDF: Link to Formal Verification of DSL Models
In the right panel of Fig. 7, the luminous color-coded particle have the Lorentz factor being comparable with γd , i.e., the radiation drag force for the particle is comparable to the Lorentz force qBl .
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
Table 2. Comparative predictive performance of different models. Four basic models are compared: the minority model, the random model, the NOMINATE spatial models and the PDM models. Each is evaluated via APRE and percent correct prediction for all U.S.
Partition Decomposition for Roll Call Data
As d increases, σU (x) concentrates in a ball of radius comparable to d−1/2 about x, its distance from the north pole concentrates in an interval of length comparable to d−1 about ξ , and the integral in Eq. (3) goes to zero.
Rate of convergence of random polarizations
The following observations are made- the results compare well for the Fingerprint dataset overall, and for the Letter (HIGH) dataset compares well with SK + SVM and is superior to SDRG; although k-NN yields good results overall, it faces the computationally challenging task of choosing k.
Probabilistic prototype models for attributed graphs
The effect of the insolation function F (t ) has also been checked: we compared the attracting trajectories for the insolation given by Eq. (1), compared to those for the insolation given by [Laskar et al., 2004].
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
The reason for that is, if a user wants to compare two different SLAP service outputs or to compare one SLAP service output to one SSAP service output, the data comparison requires previous correction.
IVOA Recommendation: Simple Line Access Protocol Version 1.0
In order to cope with the short duration signals (<20 ns), the channel output signal is the output of an OR gate which is fed by the comparator output itself and by a programmable monostable triggered by the same comparator output signal (figure 5).
Development and validation of a 64 channel front end ASIC for 3D directional detection for MIMAC
Recently, three groups have comparable to 1/κ, or reduces the interaction energy to be comparable to ω , the ground state will evolve continuously to skyrmion lattice phases, and finally to half vortex phases 31,32,54 .
Spin-Orbit Coupled Quantum Gases
Note that it is important to compare measured kinematics (on the left) to the "clouds" of small black squares in corresponding fields in the right panels, rather than comparing to the trend defined by all of the colored points.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution