An example of synoptic is an outline of a scientific research paper that gives key points; a synoptic outline.
- of or constituting a synopsis; presenting a general view or summary
- [oftenS-] giving an account from the same point of view: said of the first three Gospels, as distinguished from the fourth
- Meteorol. presenting or involving data on weather and atmospheric conditions over a wide area at a given time: a synoptic chart
Origin of synopticModern Latin synopticus from Classical Greek synoptikos
- Of or constituting a synopsis; presenting a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole.
- a. Taking the same point of view.b. often Synoptic Relating to or being the first three gospels of the New Testament, which share content, style, and order of events and which differ largely from John.
- Meteorology Of or relating to data obtained nearly simultaneously over a large area of the atmosphere.
Origin of synopticGreek sunoptikos from sunopsis general view ; see synopsis .
(comparative more synoptic, superlative most synoptic)
- Of, or relating to a synopsis
- In general, pertaining to or affording an overall view. In meteorology, this term has become somewhat specialized in referring to the use of meteorological data obtained simultaneously over a wide area for presenting a comprehensive and nearly instantaneous picture of the state of the atmosphere. Thus, to a meteorologist, synoptic takes the additional connotation of simultaneity.
- (Meteorology) synoptic *scale* refers to weather or climatological patterns on the order or 1000 kilometres, or on the order of days or weeks (e.g. high pressure cells, or storm tracks).
From New Latin synopticus, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î½Î¿Ï€Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (sunoptikos, “seeing the whole together or at a glance"), from ÏƒÏÎ½Î¿ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (sunopsis, “a general view, synopsis"), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sun, “with") + á½„ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (opsis, “view").
- One of the Synoptic Gospels.