Synoptic definition

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Of or constituting a synopsis; presenting a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole.
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The definition of synoptic is something that makes up a brief summary or shortened version.

An example of synoptic is an outline of a scientific research paper that gives key points; a synoptic outline.

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Giving an account from the same point of view.
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Of or constituting a synopsis; presenting a general view or summary.
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(meteorol.) Presenting or involving data on weather and atmospheric conditions over a wide area at a given time.

A synoptic chart.

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Of, or relating to a synopsis.
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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.
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(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).
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Relating to the first three Gospels of the New Testament, which are similar in style and content.
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One of the Synoptic Gospels.
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(meteorology) Of or relating to data obtained nearly simultaneously over a large area of the atmosphere.
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Taking the same point of view.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
synoptic
Plural:
SynOptics

Origin of synoptic

  • Greek sunoptikos from sunopsis general view synopsis

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

  • From New Latin synopticus, from Ancient Greek συνοπτικός (sunoptikos, “seeing the whole together or at a glance"), from σύνοψις (sunopsis, “a general view, synopsis"), from σύν (sun, “with") + ὄψις (opsis, “view").

    From Wiktionary