Analysis meaning

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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.

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(math.) A branch of mathematics, including calculus, that deals with functions and limits and their generalizations.
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(linguis.) The use of word order and uninflected function words rather than inflection to express syntactic relationships.
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The separation of a substance into its constituent elements, usually by chemical means, for the study and identification of each component. &diamf3; Qualitative analysis determines what substances are present in a compound. &diamf3; Quantitative analysis determines how much of each substance is present in a compound.
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A branch of mathematics concerned with limits and convergence and principally involving differential calculus, integral calculus, sequences, and series.
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(countable) Decomposition into components in order to study (a complex thing, concept, theory...).
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(countable, chemistry) The process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts, or the result of this process.
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(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.
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(countable) The result of such a process.
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Psychoanalysis.
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(uncountable, music) The analytical study of melodies, harmonies, sequences, repetitions, variations, quotations, juxtapositions, and surprisees.
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(countable, psychology) Psychoanalysis.
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A statement of the results of this process.
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(uncountable, mathematics) The mathematical study of functions, sequences, series, limits, derivatives and integrals.
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(countable, logic) Proof by deduction from known truths.
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Systems analysis.
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Psychoanalysis.
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in the last analysis
  • after all factors have been considered
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of analysis

  • Medieval Latin from Greek analusis a dissolving from analūein to undo ana- throughout ana– lūein to loosen leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin analysis, from Ancient Greek ἀνάλυσις (analusis), from ἀναλύω (analuō, “I unravel, investigate”), from ἀνά (ana, “on, up”) + λύω (luō, “I loosen”).

    From Wiktionary