- Synthesis is defined as combining a number of different parts or ideas to come up with a new idea or theory.
An example of synthesis is when you read several books and use all of the information to come up with a thesis on the subject.
- the putting together of parts or elements so as to form a whole
- a whole made up of parts or elements put together
- Chem. the formation of a complex compound by the combining of two or more simpler compounds, elements, or radicals
- Philos. in Hegelian philosophy, the unified whole in which opposites (thesis and antithesis) are reconciled
Origin of synthesisClassical Greek ; from syn-, together + tithenai, to place, do
- a. The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole.b. The complex whole so formed.
- Chemistry Formation of a compound from simpler compounds or elements.
- Philosophy a. Reasoning from the general to the particular; logical deduction.b. The combination of thesis and antithesis in the Hegelian dialectical process whereby a new and higher level of truth is produced.
Origin of synthesisLatin, collection, from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai, to put together : sun-, syn- + tithenai, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- The formation of something complex or coherent by combining simpler things.
- (chemistry) The reaction of elements or compounds to form more complex compounds.
- (logic) A deduction from the general to the particular.
- (philosophy) The combination of thesis and antithesis.
- (military) In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation; (JP 1-02).
- (rhetoric) An apt arrangement of elements of a text, especially for euphony.
From Latin synthesis, from Ancient Greek σύνθεσις (synthesis, “a putting together; composition”), from συντίθημι (suntithēmi, “put together, combine”), from σύν (syn, “together”) + τίθημι (tithēmi, “set, place”).