analysis, synthesis

analysis, synthesis
Meaning "separation of a whole into its parts," analysis is the antonym (opposite) of synthesis ("putting together"): "This is an analysis of the campaign for mayor." "The synthesis of cadmium acetate is accomplished by the interaction of acetic acid and cadmium oxide." Both analysis and synthesis are overused for the words study, examination, and consideration. Few persons other than laboratory scientists normally engage in either analysis or synthesis. Corresponding verbs, analyze and synthesize, are also often used inexactly. Noun plurals are analyses and syntheses, with the last e in each having the sound of ea in easy.

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  • Analysis — • The process by which anything complex is resolved into simple, or at least less complex parts or elements Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Analysis     Analysis      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Synthesis — Syn the*sis, n.; pl. {Syntheses}. [L., a mixture, properly, a putting together, Gr. ?, fr. ? to place or put together; sy n with + ? to place. See {Thesis}.] 1. Composition, or the putting of two or more things together, as in compounding… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • synthesis — ► NOUN (pl. syntheses) 1) the combination of components to form a connected whole. Often contrasted with ANALYSIS(Cf. ↑analysis). 2) the production of chemical compounds by reaction from simpler materials. DERIVATIVES synthesist noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • analysis — (n.) 1580s, resolution of anything complex into simple elements (opposite of synthesis), from M.L. analysis (15c.), from Gk. analysis a breaking up, a loosening, releasing, noun of action from analyein unloose, release, set free; to loose a ship… …   Etymology dictionary