• WordNet 3.6
    • n synopsis a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Synopsis A general view, or a collection of heads or parts so arranged as to exhibit a general view of the whole; an abstract or summary of a discourse; a syllabus; a conspectus. "That the reader may see in one view the exactness of the method, as well as force of the argument, I shall here draw up a short synopsis of this epistle."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n synopsis A summary or brief statement giving a general view of some subject; a compendium of heads or short paragraphs so arranged as to afford a view of the whole or of principal parts of a matter under consideration; a conspectus.
    • n synopsis In the Gr. Ch., a prayer-book for the use of the laity, of the same character as that described under anthology, 3. Synonyms Compendium, Abstract, etc. See abridgment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Synopsis si-nop′sis a view of the whole together: a collective or general view of any subject
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from Gr. ; sy`n with, together + a sight, view, from the root seen in E. optic,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. synopsissyn, with, together, opsis, a view.


In literature:

Then, sometimes, there is a synopsis of the story published.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
The student should analyze the speech, in whole or in part, and make a synopsis of its principal propositions and proofs.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
The following is a short synopsis of the libretto.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
A synopsis of the leading formula connected with the circle will now be given.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Cornelia Ann sees it too, and she has a synopsis of the precedin' chapters all in a minute.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
The short introductory synopsis will give an idea of its satirical aspect.
"Devil Stories" by Various
Here was given a synopsis of literary work which, properly performed, would fill a lifetime.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe
A synopsis of these was furnished on the spot by an apt translator.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Also left an eccentric will, of which Bryce gives a synopsis.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
What follows is a mere synopsis of his charge.
"International Short Stories" by Various

In news:

Story Synopsis & Video Russia.
The following synopsis looks at a number of new laws that may affect local citizens or be of interest to them.
SYNOPSIS To see excerpts from the film, click on the Watch the Video links below.
A History and Synopsis .
I'll be firing up a synopsis ASAP, so keep your laptops peeled.
Here is the basic synopsis of the movie (trust me you've seen it before).
A synopsis from the back cover.
Myrtle Bailey gave a synopsis of an article, "Will God Still Bless America".
Top award for Video Synopsis technology.
But JT had the very funny "SNL" synopsis, above, as well as giving full attention to the Beyonce dancers sketch.
Thanks to technical problems that prevented a complete screening of the film, it's a synopsis.
Here's a synopsis of the interview along with you know the drill.
The app also provides a synopsis of certain moments in the movie, thus catching you up on anything you might have missed.
Now that the storm has passed and football is a go Saturday night, give us a quick synopsis on what the expectations are this season for North Texas in year two under Dan McCarney.
Reid Offers ' Simple Synopsis' Of Loss.

In science:

Much of our presentation is essentially a synopsis of Fintan Ryan’s calculation; see Ref. for detailed discussion.
Towards a formalism for mapping the spacetimes of massive compact objects: Bumpy black holes and their orbits
The purpose of this introduction is to firstly provide a formulation of the conjecture, and then to give a very brief synopsis of some of the main ideas in the proof, followed by a more detailed outline of the present paper.
The decomposition of Global Conformal Invariants I: On a conjecture of Deser and Schwimmer
The data-reduction problem for deterministic databases is well understood, and several different synopsis construction tools exist.
Histograms and Wavelets on Probabilistic Data
So for both histograms and wavelets, the synopses aim to capture and describe the probabilistic data as accurately as possible given a fixed size of synopsis.
Histograms and Wavelets on Probabilistic Data
There has been much recent work that has explored many different variants of the basic synopsis problem, and we summarize the main contributions in Section 2.
Histograms and Wavelets on Probabilistic Data