- the state or quality of being precise.
- accuracy; exactness: to arrive at an estimate with precision.
- mechanical or scientific exactness: a lens ground with precision.
- punctiliousness; strictness: precision in one's business dealings.
- Mathematics. the degree to which the correctness of a quantity is expressed.Compare accuracy(def 3).
- Chemistry, Physics. the extent to which a given set of measurements of the same sample agree with their mean.Compare accuracy(def 2).
- of, relating to, or characterized by precision: precision swimming; precision instruments for aircraft.
Origin of precision
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Examples from the Web for precision
The precision it took to craft such a cohesive, wholly compelling work over 12 years is nothing short of remarkable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Anova Precision Cooker is the perfect little sous-vide gadget for the budding gastronomist.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Everything proceeded with a smoothness and precision born of training drills.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
Leslie timed each of the steps to ensure split second precision.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Martin Amis is not baffled by the modern world; he observes it with precision.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
The most obvious is to hit him smartly and with precision on the exact tip of the nose.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
And he really said what there was to say with great clearness and precision.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Hence he moved with rapidity and precision, and was never taken by surprise.Cleveland Past and Present
When once a man has recourse to reason and precision, there is an end of love.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Jennie shook out the lace fringes of her parasol; and smoothed them with some precision.A Woman Intervenes
- the quality of being precise; accuracy
- (modifier) characterized by or having a high degree of exactnessprecision grinding; a precision instrument
Word Origin and History for precision
1630s, "a cutting off (mentally), abstraction," from French précision (16c.) and directly from Latin praecisionem (nominative praecisio) "a cutting off," noun of action from past participle stem of praecidere (see precise). Meaning "preciseness" is from 1740.