Definition of "analysis" [a•nal•y•sis]

  • The separation of an intellectual or material whole into its constituent parts for individual study. (noun)
  • The study of such constituent parts and their interrelationships in making up a whole. (noun)
  • A spoken or written presentation of such study: published an analysis of poetic meter. (noun)
  • Chemistry The separation of a substance into its constituent elements to determine either their nature (qualitative analysis) or their proportions (quantitative analysis). (noun)
  • Chemistry The stated findings of such a separation or determination. (noun)
  • The division of a physical or abstract whole into its constituent parts to examine or determine their relationship or value (noun)

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  • A statement of the results of this (noun)
  • The decomposition of a substance into its elements, radicals, or other constituents in order to determine the kinds of constituents present (qualitative analysis) or the amount of each constituent (quantitative analysis) (noun)
  • The result obtained by such a determination (noun)
  • The use of word order together with word function to express syntactic relations in a language, as opposed to the use of inflections (noun)
  • The branch of mathematics principally concerned with the properties of functions, largely arising out of calculus (noun)
  • (in the writings of Kant) the separation of a concept from another that contains it (noun)

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Use "analysis" in a sentence
  • "Understanding conceptions of analysis is not simply a matter of attending to the use of the word ˜analysis™ and its cognates ” or obvious equivalents in languages other than English, such as ˜analusis™ in Greek or"
  • "You can see the change in a Google Trends chart of web searches and news references for the term analysis of the #OWS Twitter hashtag thanks to my colleague Dan Fletcher shows a rise over the past month, spiking ahead of the Zuccotti police action."
  • "Cost benefit analysis is code for cheaper when dead. nt"