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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n comprehension an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result) "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension","he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"
    • n comprehension the relation of comprising something "he admired the inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Comprehension (Rhet) A figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.
    • Comprehension That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome. "Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a comprehension of them."
    • Comprehension The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion. "In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the Old."
    • Comprehension The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect; perception; understanding; as, a comprehension of abstract principles.
    • Comprehension (Logic) The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comprehension The act of comprehending, including, or embracing; a comprising; inclusion.
    • n comprehension The quality or state of being comprehensive; comprehensiveness.
    • n comprehension That which comprehends or contains within itself; a summary; an epitome.
    • n comprehension Capacity of the mind to understand; power of the understanding to receive and contain ideas; ability to know.
    • n comprehension The act or fact of understanding; successful exercise of the knowing faculty; grasp of the significance or particulars of anything: as, to be quick of comprehension; the distinct comprehension of a term or of a subject.
    • n comprehension In rhetoric, a trope or figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.
    • n comprehension In logic, the sum of all those attributes which make up the content of a given conception: thus, rational, sensible, moral, etc., form the comprehension of the conception man: opposed to extension, extent.
    • n comprehension Synonyms See list under apprehension.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comprehension power of the mind to understand:
    • n Comprehension (logic) the intension of a term or the sum of the qualities implied in the term: the inclusion of Nonconformists within the Church of England
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  • Albert Schweitzer
    “As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more mysterious.”
  • Ivan Turgenev
    Ivan Turgenev
    “However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.”
  • John Adams
    “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.”
  • An Wang
    An Wang
    “No matter how complicated a problem is, it usually can be reduced to a simple, comprehensible form which is often the best solution.”
  • Louis D. Brandeis
    Louis D. Brandeis
    “The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comprehensio,: cf. F. compréhension,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. comprehendĕre, to seize.


In literature:

It is much to be regretted that Clausewitz did not live to see with Bacon's eyes and to work out the full comprehensiveness of his doctrine.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
Her tone had been beyond his comprehension.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Are we sufficient for the comprehension of the sublimest spiritual truths, and unequal to material and temporal ones?
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
It is, therefore, too subtle of comprehension.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Here also the method followed by Germany is easily comprehensible.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
The repertoire should be comprehensive and built on broad lines.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
This seemed a woman beyond his comprehension.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
To make statistical facts comprehensible and interesting is usually a difficult problem for the inexperienced writer.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Great truths may be restated in terms within childhood's comprehension.
"How to Teach Religion" by George Herbert Betts
The key to the comprehension of the conduct of Erasmus, seems to me to lie in the clear apprehension of this fact.
"Collected Essays, Volume V" by T. H. Huxley

In poetry:

Great Burke, with comprehensive mind,
Pour'd forth his thoughts, too lofty far,
To glad his humble, simple kind,
Who could not reach the lowest bar.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
Just for the look of utter comprehension;
The dear gay laugh that only true hearts know;
For these I would from life's severe detention
Arise and go.
"Hunger" by Mary Webb
And in conclusion,
When there is no more audible dissent,
He plays his comprehensive keyboard song,
The loud proud paradigm,
The one work of art without content.
"The Piano Tuner’s Wife" by Karl Shapiro
Like the moon her kindness is,
If kindness I may call
What has no comprehension in't,
But is the same for all
As though my sorrow were a scene
Upon a painted wall.
"A Man Young And Old: II. Human Dignity" by William Butler Yeats
When from the summit of some sudden steep
Of speculation you have strength to turn
To things too boundless for the broken sweep
Of finer comprehension, wait and learn
"Faith in God" by Henry Kendall
And think also how funny knowledge is:
You may succeed in learning many trees
And calling off their names as you go by,
But their comprehensive silence stays the same.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov

In news:

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Comprehension leads to more open minds.
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Mitt Romney's Reading Comprehension Problem.
Comprehension is more than words.
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15 Simple Strategies to Promote Comprehension .
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In science:

We have combined up-to-date stellar population synthesis models, a simple radiative transfer approach, and a fully comprehensive dust model with the aim of developing a simple but quantitative way of interpreting the midinfrared spectra of galaxies.
A Simple Model For Mid-Infrared Emission from Normal Galaxies
A first comprehensive affirmative answer to that question was presented in Rosinger .
New Symmetry Groups for Generalized Solutions of ODEs
Nevertheless, systematic and comprehensive approaches to define the semantics are not present, and most of the discussion is based on use cases.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
At the analysis of generation conditions such assumption is comprehensible inasmuch as the interphase region width (on the stage of growth of crystal) exceeds the lattice parameter on two or three order .
Influence of the finite deformations changing the symmetry of an initial lattice on a generation of atoms displacements waves by non-equilibrium electrons
Introduction: For the most comprehensive and most recent knowledge on small Ramsey numbers one should refer to .
On Ramsey Numbers