• WordNet 3.6
    • v compare examine and note the similarities or differences of "John compared his haircut to his friend's","We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"
    • v compare consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous "We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans","You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed"
    • v compare to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
    • v compare be comparable "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
    • n compare qualities that are comparable "no comparison between the two books","beyond compare"
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Oceanic compared to size of buildings Oceanic compared to size of buildings

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 50% more males that are left handed compared to females
    • Compare Comparison. "His mighty champion, strong beyond compare .""Their small galleys may not hold compare With our tall ships."
    • Compare Illustration by comparison; simile. "Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare ."
    • Compare To be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of, comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his earlier. "I should compare with him in excellence."
    • Compare To examine the character or qualities of, as of two or more persons or things, for the purpose of discovering their resemblances or differences; to bring into comparison; to regard with discriminating attention. "Compare dead happiness with living woe.""The place he found beyond expression bright, Compared with aught on earth.""Compare our faces and be judge yourself.""To compare great things with small."
    • v. t Compare To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire "To fill his bags, and richesse to compare ."
    • Compare (Gram) To inflect according to the degrees of comparison; to state positive, comparative, and superlative forms of; as, most adjectives of one syllable are compared by affixing “- er” and “-est” to the positive form; as, black blacker blackest ; those of more than one syllable are usually compared by prefixing “more” and “most”, or “less” and “least”, to the positive; as, beautiful more beautiful most beautiful .
    • Compare To represent as similar, for the purpose of illustration; to liken. "Solon compared the people unto the sea, and orators and counselors to the winds; for that the sea would be calm and quiet if the winds did not trouble it."
    • Compare To vie; to assume a likeness or equality. "Shall pack horses . . . compare with Cæsars?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • compare To note the similarities and differences of (two or more things); bring together for the purpose of noting points of likeness and difference: used absolutely or followed by with, and sometimes by to: as, to compare two pieces of cloth.
    • compare To liken; parallel; represent as similar or analogous in any respect, for the purpose of illustration: with to governing the secondary object.
    • compare In grammar, to affect (an adjective or an adverb) so as to form the degrees of comparison; form or name the positive, comparative, and superlative degrees of (an adjective or adverb). See comparison, 5.
    • compare Synonyms Compare, Compare to, Compare, with, Contrast. Two things are compared in order to note the points of resemblance and difference between them; they are contrasted in order to note the points of difference. When one thing is compared to another, it is to show that the first is like the second, as, in Luke xv., the sinner is compared to a lost sheep, etc.; when one thing is compared with another, it is to show either difference or similarity, especially difference: as, the treatment of the Indians by Penn may be compared with the treatment of them by other colonists of America. Compare and contrast imply equality in the things examined; compare to and compare with do not, the object of the verb being the principal subject of thought.
    • compare To bear comparison; exhibit likeness, equality, etc.; be held like or equal.
    • compare To vie.
    • n compare Comparison.
    • n compare Simile; similitude; illustration by comparison.
    • n compare One who or that which is like; an equal.
    • compare To prepare; procure; get.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.t Compare kom-pār′ to set things together, to ascertain how far they agree or disagree: to liken or represent as similar:
    • v.i Compare to hold comparison
    • n Compare (obs.) comparison: similitude
    • v.t Compare kom-pār′ (Spens.) to get or provide.
    • v.t Compare kom-pār′ (gram.) to inflect an adjective
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  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke
    “A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.comparare, fr. compar, like or equal to another; com-, + par, equal: cf. F. comparer,. See Pair Peer an equal, and cf. Compeer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. comparāre, to match, from com, together, parāre, to make or esteem equal—par, equal.


In literature:

By moral means thou hast effected comparatively nothing.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Can you compare the Anglo-Saxon ideal of woman with that of other nations, the Romans for instance?
"English Literature" by William J. Long
Many a fine intellect still delights in his novels, though cultivated readers and critics differ as to their comparative merits.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
Compare it with the Morning-Glory, Sunflower, and Bean.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
These principles and laws are comparatively few in number and comparatively simple.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
In only a few of the most prominent and comparatively simple responses is it even approximately known.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Compare the testimony given by St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John; and state whether there is any real difference.
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
The Murrumbidgee compared with other rivers.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Saint Anthony's position was enviable compared with ours.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
My previous idea of a dug-out had been a fairly roomy sort of cave, somewhat damp, but comparatively comfortable.
"A Yankee in the Trenches" by R. Derby Holmes

In poetry:

Although, in all that garden fair,
Whate'er delight abode, or grew,
Flowers, and trees, and balmy air,
Fountains, and birds, and heaven blue
Beyond compare:
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Then again she comes to the curb
to call the ice-man, fish-man, and stands
shy, uncorseted, tucking in
stray ends of hair, and I compare her
to a fallen leaf.
"The Young Housewife" by William Carlos Williams
Well, there (O man, how light thy woes
Compared with mine—thou need'st must see!)
My wife, undaunted, greatly goes—
And leaves the orphans (seven!!!) to me!
"The Celebrated Woman - An Epistle" by Friedrich von Schiller
Soon dawn will break in the east.
Do not say "You start too early";
Crossing these blue hills adds nothing to one's years,
The landscape here is beyond compare.
"Huichang" by Mao Zedong
"Our loss was light," the paper said,
"Compared with damage to the Hun":
She was a widow, and she read
One name upon the list of dead
--Her son ---her only son.
"Light Loss" by John Le Gay Brereton
Yet in them both the Muses fair
Exceedingly delighted;
And thought no earthly thing so rare,
That might with that fond twain compare,
When they were both united.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

A look at how President Obama's federal spending compares to his recent predecessors, and how presidential priorities have shifted over time.
This is in response to Keith McAndrew's letter comparing President Obama to an Olympic swimmer.
Since every four years the Olympics is underway at the same time as the presidential politics is ramping up, it is timely to make a comparative analogy .
California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has told a Jewish-rights group that he regrets recent remarks to a reporter in which he compared his rival's campaign tactics to Joseph Goebbels' Nazi propaganda.
Wolfgang Munchau has a column in today's Financial Times comparing the current eurozone crisis to the Thirty Years' War of 1618–1648.
COMPARE Andromeda 's Hero TO.
Cook Medical's Ongoing Zilver PTX Trial Data Show Higher Freedom From Target Lesion Revascularization (TLR) Rates Compared to Angioplasty and Bare Metal Stenting After Three Years.
Study Compares Survival Rates for Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty Among Different Types of Patients.
Reported rapes in Minneapolis are up about 15 percent this year compared to last year.
Comparing mind is probably nowhere more present than on hot summer day at the beach.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement tool that compares your height to your weight and gives you an indication of whether you are overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight for your height.
Keith Olbermann compares himself to an expensive chandelier to David Letterman.
A weekly look at how much consumers like a major advertising campaign compared with other ads rated by this poll — and how effective they think the ads are in helping to sell the product.
Both rigid PCB shipments and bookings off in August compared to same period last year.
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In science:

We run the 1048576 shuffles a second time and compare the two sets of results. • We also use the same shuffles to calculate the statistical significance for the recall metric, and compare this significance value with the significance value found for recall analytically by the sign test.
More accurate tests for the statistical significance of result differences
The hardness scale has been shown11 to be a much more appropriate scale than the jet energy Ejet when comparing jets embedded in a three-jet environment, i.e. when comparing biased jets, as opposed to the unbiased jets discussed in sections 1-3.
Jet Structure Studies at LEP and HERA
Kunihiro 6) recalled the old problem of Gasser and Leutwyler 8) that when comparing the LσM with the Li parameters of chiral perturbation theory (χP T ), they noted by that L6 is predicted to be 6 compared to the experimental 16.5 ± 1.5.
Summary talk at the conference on the sigma resonance
MeV which is comparable to estimates of the gap ∆; the CFL phase occurs when ∆ is large compared to all differences between Fermi momenta.
Color Superconductivity in Compact Stars
We assume that the ionization front is thin compared with the effective thickness h of the ionized flow and that h in turn is small compared with Rh .
Photoevaporating flows from the cometary knots in the Helix nebula (NGC 7293)