• WordNet 3.6
    • n comparison the act of examining resemblances "they made a comparison of noise levels","the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
    • n comparison qualities that are comparable "no comparison between the two books","beyond compare"
    • n comparison relation based on similarities and differences
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is three times the size of Texas. By comparison, Iceland is only 39,800 square miles.
    • Comparison (Rhet) A figure by which one person or thing is compared to another, or the two are considered with regard to some property or quality, which is common to them both; e.g., the lake sparkled like a jewel.
    • Comparison That to which, or with which, a thing is compared, as being equal or like; illustration; similitude. "Whereto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?"
    • Comparison The act of comparing; an examination of two or more objects with the view of discovering the resemblances or differences; relative estimate. "As sharp legal practitioners, no class of human beings can bear comparison with them.""The miracles of our Lord and those of the Old Testament afford many interesting points of comparison ."
    • Comparison (Phren) The faculty of the reflective group which is supposed to perceive resemblances and contrasts.
    • Comparison (Gram) The modification, by inflection or otherwise, which the adjective and adverb undergo to denote degrees of quality or quantity; as, little less least, are examples of comparison .
    • Comparison The state of being compared; a relative estimate; also, a state, quality, or relation, admitting of being compared; as, to bring a thing into comparison with another; there is no comparison between them.
    • v. t Comparison To compare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1996, people in the United States sent and received 182,660,700,000 pieces of mail domestically. By way of comparison, Japan ranked second on this list with just 24,971,279,000.
    • n comparison The act of comparing; transition of thought or observation from one object to another, for the discovery of their likeness or unlikeness; the study or investigation of relations.
    • n comparison An act of comparing; a comparative estimate or statement; a consideration of likeness or difference in regard to particular persons or things.
    • n comparison Comparable state, condition, or character; any relation of similitude or resemblance; capability of being compared; power of comparing: as, the one is so much superior to the other that there is no comparison between them.
    • n comparison Something with which another thing is compared; a similitude, or illustration by similitude; a parallel.
    • n comparison In grammar, the variation of an adjective or (much more rarely) adverb to express a higher and the highest degree of what is denoted by the adjective or adverb. The degrees expressed thus in English, and in most of the languages related with English, are three (including as first the primitive word): positive (so called by antithesis to the others), as strong, weak, often; comparative, as stronger, weaker, oftener; and superlative, as strongest, weakest, oftenest. Adjectives not admitting this variation, and many adverbs, express like degrees by prefixing the comparative adverbs more and most: as, more glorious, most glorious; more weakly, most weakly; and such phrases often receive, less properly, the same names as the forms of equivalent value.
    • n comparison In rhetoric, the considering of two things with regard to some quality or characteristic which is common to them both, as the likening of a hero to a lion in courage.
    • n comparison In phrenology, one of the reflecting faculties, whose supposed function is to give the power of perceiving resemblances and differences or other analogies, and to produce a tendency to compare one thing with another. See phrenology
    • comparison To compare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Patagonia at the southern tip of South America is the only populated land area south of 40 degrees South Latitude. By comparison, most of Europe, Asia, and two-thirds of North America are north of 40 degrees North Latitude.
    • n Comparison the act of comparing: capacity of being compared: comparative estimate: a simile or figure by which two things are compared:
    • n Comparison (gram.) the inflection of an adjective
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    “Comparisons are odious.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.”
  • Gerald G. Jampolsky
    Gerald G. Jampolsky
    “Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
    “True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. comparaison, L. comparatio,. See 1st Compare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. comparāre, to match, from com, together, parāre, to make or esteem equal—par, equal.


In literature:

In comparison, Jack Thurtell looked harmless.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
He marveled at first how the good Buchers had been primed with this knowledge, these comparisons.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
The comparison he was making was only one of physical endowments, but it pained him.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
From a comparison between Exodus XXXIV and Exodus XX, he is at a loss to decipher which are the true commandments that the Lord gave to Moses.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Hence the two terms of our comparison are: 1.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
Payment is usually made upon the simple identification or comparison of signatures.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
I could make comparisons with the best: but I don't like comparisons.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Yes: they are both ambitious; the comparison is just.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
Comparison of lines 151 2.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
There is no invidious comparison intended in so setting off these two classes of nations in contrast to one another.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen

In poetry:

“And by comparison, I see
The majesty of matron grace,
And learn how pure, how fair can be
My own wife’s face:
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
A crusader's wife slipped from the garrison,
And had an affair with a Saracen;
She was not over-sexed,
Or jealous or vexed,
She just wanted to make a comparison.
"A crusader's wife slipped from the garrison" by Ogden Nash
Ye are as ignorant as mules,
That never yet were taught at school,
But little knowledge in your skull,
Ye plainly show;
Ye have comparisons like fools,
Which set you low.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins
'Tis by comparison we know
On every object to bestow
Its proper share of praise
Did each alike perfection bear,
What beauty, though divinely fair,
Could admiration raise?
"Comparison" by William Shenstone
When beauty and elegance court my applause,
My mind an invidious comparison draws ;
No sweetness or grace in their smiles I discern
When I think of those smiles that will never return.
"On Hearing The Sound Of Music At A Distance" by Laura Sophia Temple
A Comparisone betuix heich and law Estaitis.
The bramble growis althocht it be obscure,
Quhillis michty cederis feilis the busteous windis;
And myld plebeyan spreitis may leif secure,
Quhylis michty tempestis toss imperiall myndis.
"XVI: Some Verses: Of Conquerouris" by William Alexander

In news:

Comparison of transient and distortion-product otoacoustic emissions during the luteal and follicular phases of the menstrual cycle.
He draws some comparisons between his famous subject, Lyndon B Johnson , and President Obama's second-term challenges.
Flyer features machinability graphs of wear rate comparison and machinability rating.
As startling as manga 's recent Stateside success has been, the $110 million American industry still represents a rounding error in comparison to its Japanese counterpart.
Comparisons may be invidious, but they can also be illuminating.
While it may seem like an odd comparison at first, the 2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5SV and the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT are targeting the same market: budget-minded people who like to drive, but need more than two doors.
The Department of Defense has several advantages in implementing its electronic medical record system, in comparison to what will be required for a national EMR system.
If you are doubtful, do your own trials, but don't limit yourself to a mere one time, side-by-side comparison which many find to be convincing.
A living European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus in the foreground for comparison.
Michiganders Get Territorial About Mitten Comparison.
A side-by-side comparison between the classic depiction of Superman and the modernized version hitting stands Oct 27, 2010.
Epic, 1995 With their second album, the fighting Gallagher brothers embraced the Stones and Beatles comparisons and established themselves as a force.
A comparison of unilevel and multilevel surgery in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
Keith Richards' essence as an artist, like dark matter elsewhere in the universe, is something we comprehend only by inference and comparison.
At that time, however, his team had conducted only a superficial comparison between the DNA of Neanderthals and modern humans.

In science:

For instance the comparison of the signal rates between the “< 1 MeV” and the “> 1 MeV” samples can enhance the sensitivities in the magnetic moments studies.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
These are tabulated in Table I, which includes for comparison the unconditioned intervals from Table X of Ref. .
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
The LSDA+U procedure used in Ref. depends on the basis set representation and would require therefore the application of the same local orbital symmetry for both compounds in order to ensure a proper comparison between them.
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
Figure 6: Comparison of interacting (continuous line) and non-interacting (dotted line) spins.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
For comparison the results of are also displayed.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations