• WordNet 3.6
    • n analysis an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
    • n analysis a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
    • n analysis the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
    • n analysis a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation
    • n analysis a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
    • n analysis the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Analysis A brief, methodical illustration of the principles of a science. In this sense it is nearly synonymous with synopsis.
    • Analysis A resolution of anything, whether an object of the senses or of the intellect, into its constituent or original elements; an examination of the component parts of a subject, each separately, as the words which compose a sentence, the tones of a tune, or the simple propositions which enter into an argument. It is opposed to synthesis.
    • Analysis A syllabus, or table of the principal heads of a discourse, disposed in their natural order.
    • Analysis (Nat. Hist) The process of ascertaining the name of a species, or its place in a system of classification, by means of an analytical table or key.
    • Analysis (Math) The resolving of problems by reducing the conditions that are in them to equations.
    • Analysis (Chem) The separation of a compound substance, by chemical processes, into its constituents, with a view to ascertain either a what elements it contains, or b how much of each element is present. The former is called qualitative, and the latter quantitative analysis.
    • Analysis (Logic) The tracing of things to their source, and the resolving of knowledge into its original principles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n analysis The resolution or separation of anything which is compound, as a conception, a sentence, a material substance, or an event, into its constituent elements or into its causes; decomposition.
    • n analysis The regressive scientific method of discovery; research into causes; induction.
    • n analysis In mathematics: Originally, and still frequently, a regressive method, said to have been invented by Plato, which first assumes the conclusion and gradually leads back to the premises. The thirteenth book of Euclid's Elements has the following definition, which is not supposed to be by Euclid, but which is ancient, and perhaps by Eudoxus: Analysis is the proceeding from the thing sought, as conceded, by consequences to some conceded truth; synthesis is the proceeding from the conceded by consequences to the truth sought. According to Pappus, analysis is of two kinds: theoretical, so called because used in research into truth, and problematic, so called because used in the solution of problems. In the former, the proposition to be proved is assumed as true, and consequences are drawn from it until something conceded is reached, which if it is true involves the truth of the thing sought, the demonstration corresponding to the analysis; in the latter, the construction sought is assumed as already known, and consequences are deduced from it until something given is reached.
    • n analysis Algebraical reasoning, in which unknown quantities are operated upon in order to find their values.
    • n analysis The treatment of problems by a consideration of infinitesimals, or something equivalent, especially by the differential calculus (including the integral calculus, the calculus of variations, etc.): often called infinitesimal analysis. This is the common meaning of the word in modern times.
    • n analysis Hence — The discussion of a problem by means of algebra (in the sense of a system of symbols with rules of transformation), in opposition to a geometrical discussion of it, that is, a discussion resting directly upon the imagination of space: thus, analytical geometry is the treatment of geometrical problems by analysis.
    • n analysis A syllabus or synopsis of the contents of a book or discourse, or of the principles of a science.
    • n analysis In cricket, an itemized record of the play of the bowler, intended to show particularly the number of runs scored by him and the number of wickets obtained.
    • n analysis In chem., intentionally produced decomposition: often applied to the ascertainment of the composition of a substance, whether the constituents are actually obtained in separate form or not.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Analysis an-al′is-is a resolving or separating a thing into its elements or component parts—the tracing of things to their source, and so discovering the general principles underlying individual phenomena. Its converse is synthesis, the explanation of certain phenomena by means of principles which are for this purpose assumed as established. Analysis as the resolution of our experience into its original elements, is an artificial separation; while synthesis is an artificial reconstruction:
    • n Analysis an-al′is-is (gram.) the arrangement into its logical and grammatical elements of a sentence or part of a sentence
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.”
  • Saying
    “He suffered from paralysis by analysis.”
  • Eddie George
    Eddie George
    “Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In the last analysis, what we ARE communicates far more eloquently than anything we SAY.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to unloose, to dissolve, to resolve into its elements; up + to loose. See Loose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. analysis, analy-ein, to unloose, ana, up, ly-ein, to loose.


In literature:

Analysis of cases 160 218.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The Analysis of Blended Cultures.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Her stories are romantic in spirit, offering little to the lover of psychologic analysis.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
In the final analysis it is ignorance that wastes; it is knowledge that saves; it is wisdom that gives precedence.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The individual can make conscious improvements in his condition only through observation, analysis, conclusion and experiment.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
In the final analysis, these examinations are not tests.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
The next step in the scientific analysis of business is to provide for more ample analysis of facts on the outside.
"Higher Education and Business Standards" by Willard Eugene Hotchkiss
Analysis is finding out what things are made of.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Is it possible to make a true classification without the aid of analysis?
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
But you preferred to go into critical analysis and to make sharp distinctions of words.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various

In poetry:

From evil and forbidden things,
Some good we think to win,
And to the last analysis
Experiment with sin.
"January" by Alice Cary
His still the keen analysis
Of men and moods, electric wit,
Free play of mirth, and tenderness
To heal the slightest wound from it.
"Our Autocrat" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Poet’s page, or statesman’s bust,
Nothing comes to him amiss;
Everything he clutches must—
’Tis his simple dream of bliss!—
Suffer his analysis.
"Tamerlane" by Victor James Daley
'What's Beauty?' mused I; 'is it told
By synthesis? analysis?
Have you not made us lead of gold?
To feed your crucible, not sold
Our temple's sacred chalices?'
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The Ticket-Fixing Scandal Story: a Chronological Analysis of the Scoop.
The "generation gap" endures as a staple of American political and social analysis.
News analysis by Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY.
Earlier, the CID board had thought about postponing the election but on later analysis decided to go ahead.
However, we wondered why they departed from CONSORT guidelines on analysis by intention-to-treat.
The voter-analysis database back in Chicago noted a precipitous drop in perceptions of Mr Obama among independent voters, starting that night and lasting for four days, long before the public polls picked it up.
"The patent expiry of several major blockbuster drugs worth $150 billion between 2010 and 2017 will fuel the growth of the global generic pharmaceuticals market," so says a press release announcing new analysis from Frost &.
"Our goal is to look at the collection, analysis and dissemination of climate information mainly back to the public," Andresen says.
Another closed session , another 'no comment' as Detroit Council talks consent agreement analysis.
Rapid Colorimetric Analysis of para-Phenylenediamine in Henna-based, Non-permanent Tattoo Color Mixtures.
Rapid Colorimetric Analysis of para-Phenylenediamine in Henna-based, Non-permanent Tattoo Color Mixtures
Tony Woo, "A Combinatorial Analysis of Boundary Data Structure Schemata," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol 5, no.
Journalism is said to be the rough draft of history, hastily jotted notes from which volumes of analysis may later be drawn. Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen provides his analysis.
Plexpress to Raise up to $2.3M to Commercialize Multiplex Gene-Expression Analysis Platform.

In science:

Residual contaminations, if exist, can be further studied and measured by various methods like photon counting with germanium detectors, neutron activation analysis, mass spectroscopy analysis, as well as by the spectroscopic and time-correlation input from on-site data taking.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
In view of the focus in recent theoretical analysis on dimensional reduction it is of interest to examine Toh’s analysis and our results in terms of changes in effective dimension d′ instead of in d∗ .
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
Results of Stability Analysis We have carried out a linear stability analysis of a plane parallel two-layer model.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
IV, by an analysis of the spin conductivity in the strongly-random Heisenberg antiferromagnetic spin-1 chains, and, in Sec. V, by an analysis of the average local dynamical properties of the random quantum Ising model in the vicinity of its critical point.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The analysis of convergence speed then comes down to a detailed analysis of the size of the second-largest eigenvalue and also of the properties of the eigenspace decomposition.
Mathematics of learning