Definition of analysis in English:

analysis

Syllabification: a·nal·y·sis
Pronunciation: /əˈnaləsis
 
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noun (plural analyses /-ˌsēz/)

  • 1Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation: statistical analysis an analysis of popular culture
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    • Although this prevented a detailed statistical analysis, the events could still be characterized.
    • A more detailed analysis of the structure and concepts of Jo and Gwan can be found in the next essay, by Salia Male.
    • The task lists resulting from statistical analysis of those surveys were examined to answer the study questions.
  • 1.1The process of separating something into its constituent elements. Often contrasted with synthesis.
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    • The shift to decompositional conceptions of analysis was not without precedents, however.
    • Eventually, data from this program will permit a more direct analysis of the process described here.
    • According to one group of researchers, this process of analysis is carried out in seven steps.
  • 1.2The identification and measurement of the chemical constituents of a substance or specimen.
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    • Electrochemical techniques are also widely used in chemical analysis.
    • Crude chemical analyses identify the rock type as resembling the Earth's ocean floor rather than the Earth's continents.
    • This protein poses interesting questions for those who deal with the detailed analysis of protein structures.
  • 1.3 short for psychoanalysis.
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    • This is the same effect as can sometimes happen to us in the course of an analysis or a therapy.
    • Moreover, it is also possible to imagine that a different psychoanalyst would be able to conduct an analysis with this patient.
    • The analyst interprets without due regard for the analysand or the analysand acts without regard for the analyst or the analysis.
  • 1.4 Linguistics The use of separate, short words and word order rather than inflection or agglutination to express grammatical structure.
  • 1.5 Mathematics The part of mathematics concerned with the theory of functions and the use of limits, continuity, and the operations of calculus.
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    • He also made contributions to analytic number theory, Diophantine analysis and numerical functions.
    • Hahn was a pioneer in set theory and functional analysis and is best remembered for the Hahn - Banach theorem.
    • Razmadze wrote the first textbooks in Georgian on analysis and integral calculus.

Phrases

in the final (or last) analysis

When everything has been considered (used to suggest that a statement expresses the basic truth about a complex situation): in the final analysis it is a question of political history
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  • For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.
  • But, in the final analysis, Tartt does much more than present a complex, rich, unique character.
  • Yes, mistakes are made, targets are not achieved, but ultimately the science of hindsight often reveals flaws in the ultimate analysis.

Origin

late 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek analusis, from analuein 'unloose', from ana- 'up' + luein 'loosen'.

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