• WordNet 3.6
    • n synthesis reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
    • n synthesis the combination of ideas into a complex whole
    • n synthesis the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Synthesis Composition, or the putting of two or more things together, as in compounding medicines.
    • Synthesis (Chem) The art or process of making a compound by putting the ingredients together, as contrasted with analysis; thus, water is made by synthesis from hydrogen and oxygen; hence, specifically, the building up of complex compounds by special reactions, whereby their component radicals are so grouped that the resulting substances are identical in every respect with the natural articles when such occur; thus, artificial alcohol, urea, indigo blue, alizarin, etc., are made by synthesis.
    • Synthesis (Logic) The combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, as of simple into complex conceptions, species into genera, individual propositions into systems; -- the opposite of analysis. "Analysis and synthesis , though commonly treated as two different methods, are, if properly understood, only the two necessary parts of the same method. Each is the relative and correlative of the other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n synthesis A putting of two or more things together; composition; specifically, the combination of separate elements or objects of thought into a whole, as of simple into compound or complex conceptions, and individual propositions into a system; also, a process of reasoning advancing in a direct manner from principles established or assumed, and propositions already proved, to the conclusion: the opposite of analysis.
    • n synthesis Specifically— In grammar, the combination of radical and formative elements into one word, as distinguished from their maintenance in the condition of separate words. See synthetic, 2.
    • n synthesis In surgery, an operation by which divided parts are united.
    • n synthesis In chem., the uniting of elements into a compound; composition or combination: the opposite of analysis, which is the separation of a compound into its constituent parts: as, that water is composed of oxygen and hydrogen is proved both by analysis and by synthesis.
    • n synthesis In acoustics, the combining of two or more simple sounds of different pitch, as those of several tuning-forks to produce or imitate a certain compound sound, as, for example, that of a piano-string.
    • n synthesis See the adjectives.
    • n synthesis In Rom, antiq., a short garment, not known by any representations, worn instead of the toga at the Saturnalia and commonly at banquets.
    • n synthesis In chem., the union of two compound bodies to form a more complex one.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Synthesis sin′the-sis a term applied to the building up of compound substances from the elements they contain or from other compounds, usually of less complexity than themselves: a making a whole out of parts: the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, or reasoning from principles previously established to a conclusion, as opposed to analysis: : :
    • n Synthesis sin′the-sis (gram.) the uniting of ideas into a sentence
    • n Synthesis sin′the-sis (med.) the reunion of parts that have been divided
    • n Synthesis sin′the-sis (chem.) the uniting of elements to form a compound
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  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
    “Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.”
  • Carl Sandburg
    “Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a mixture, properly, a putting together, Gr. , fr. to place or put together; sy`n with + to place. See Thesis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. synthesissyn, with, together, thesis, a placing—tithēmi, I place.


In literature:

Following analysis must come synthesis.
"Higher Education and Business Standards" by Willard Eugene Hotchkiss
Master of a complex art, his nature complex, the synthesis was irresistible.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
No, the essential feminine in her will be gathered in a more complete, a more enduring synthesis.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
But in Ephesus and possibly elsewhere a further synthesis was accomplished.
"Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity" by Kirsopp Lake
But his psychology, not containing the notion of personality, could furnish no principle of synthesis.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
Whitman always aims at a complete human synthesis, and leaves his reader to make of it what he can.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
In the study of the sciences it is an open question whether we ought to use synthesis or analysis.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Rome was the synthesis of the empires of the past, of Hellas, of Egypt, of Assyria.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
I think I was talking of the general synthesis.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
God is, they say, not an aggregate but a synthesis.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer

In poetry:

O fleeting synthesis
Of all that was, and is,
Reflex of earth and star,
Yourself, yourself, you are
The inmost mystery
Of land and sky and sea.
"Idealism" by E J Rupert Atkinson
'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:

Find more white papers on Reaction & Synthesis.
Frontman M.Gira promises "the complete synthesis of everything I've done".
Clark Synthesis says that the upcoming speaker is water-resistant and weatherproof in any environment.
Clark Synthesis plans to kick off spring early this year, with a new speaker for its Aquasonic product line.
Clark Synthesis Drops Prices on Transducers and Outdoor Speakers.
JBL Synthesis Debuts $20K S4700 Loudspeakers.
Harman's JBL Synthesis brand promises professional-grade driver technologies packed in a stylish floorstanding speaker.
Richard Gaillardetz has delivered a noteworthy summary and synthesis of where the Catholic church in the US stands today.
A Synthesis of Social Change and Rock en Espanol.
In a Wonderful Synthesis of Today's Blog Posts.
Meredith Monk's eerie vocals have led her to unique synthesis of arts.
Reaction & Synthesis Resource Center.
Celebrate the synthesis of music and video First Thursday.
Over the last decade, the use of transfer-function-based filter synthesis has also been extended to distributed-element circuits.
With analysis , or taking something apart, comes synthesis or resynthesis.

In science:

Lipunov et al. 1996 for detailed description of population synthesis method).
Evolution of isolated neutron stars in globular clusters: number of Accretors
An algebraic synthesis of the foundations of logic and probability.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Their abundance and resulting spectral amplitude has been estimated using the population synthesis by various authors[8-15].
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
These indices are easily measured, and can be compared with the values obtained from stellar synthesis models.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
A synthesis of Banach spaces. A problem of synthesis of Banach spaces is to describe sets N ∈ M with the property: there is a Banach space XN with M(X f ) = N and to give a procedure for constructing such XN .
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties