- The definition of analysis is the process of breaking down a something into its parts to learn what they do and how they relate to one another.
Examining blood in a lab to discover all of its components is an example of analysis.
analysis definition by Webster's New World
- a separating or breaking up of any whole into its parts, esp. with an examination of these parts to find out their nature, proportion, function, interrelationship, etc.
- any detailed examination
- a statement of the results of this process
- Linguis. the use of word order and uninflected function words rather than inflection to express syntactic relationships
- Math. a branch of mathematics, including calculus, that deals with functions and limits and their generalizations
- systems analysis
Origin: Midieval Latin ; from Classical Greek a dissolving ; from ana-, up, throughout plush lysis, a loosing ; from lyein, to loose: see lose
analysis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. a·nal·y·ses
- a. The separation of an intellectual or material whole into its constituent parts for individual study.b. The study of such constituent parts and their interrelationships in making up a whole.c. A spoken or written presentation of such study: published an analysis of poetic meter.
- Chemistry a. The separation of a substance into its constituent elements to determine either their nature (qualitative analysis) or their proportions (quantitative analysis).b. The stated findings of such a separation or determination.
- Mathematics a. A branch of mathematics principally involving differential and integral calculus, sequences, and series and concerned with limits and convergence.b. The method of proof in which a known truth is sought as a consequence of a series of deductions from that which is the thing to be proved.
- Linguistics The use of function words such as prepositions, pronouns, or auxiliary verbs instead of inflectional endings to express a grammatical relationship; for example, the cover of the dictionary instead of the dictionary's cover.
- Systems analysis.
Origin: Medieval Latin, from Greek analusis, a dissolving, from analūein, to undo : ana-, throughout; see ana- + lūein, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
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noun pl. a·nal·y·ses
- The separation of a whole into its constituent parts for individual study.
- The separation of a substance into its constituent elements to determine either their nature or proportions.
- The stated findings of such a separation or determination.
analysis - Phrases/Idioms
in the last analysisor in the final analysis
analysis - Science Definition
- The separation of a substance into its constituent elements, usually by chemical means, for the study and identification of each component. ♦ qualitative analysis determines what substances are present in a compound. ♦ quantitative analysis determines how much of each substance is present in a compound.
- A branch of mathematics concerned with limits and convergence and principally involving differential calculus, integral calculus, sequences, and series.