noun, plural a·nal·y·ses [uh-nal-uh-seez] /əˈnæl əˌsiz/.
- an investigation based on the properties of numbers.
- the discussion of a problem by algebra, as opposed to geometry.
- the branch of mathematics consisting of calculus and its higher developments.
- a system of calculation, as combinatorial analysis or vector analysis.
- a method of proving a proposition by assuming the result and working backward to something that is known to be true.Compare synthesis(def 4).
- intentionally produced decomposition or separation of materials into their ingredients or elements, as to find their kind or quantity.
- the ascertainment of the kind or amount of one or more of the constituents of materials, whether obtained in separate form or not.Compare qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis.
Origin of analysis
Related Words for analysissearch, study, scrutiny, investigation, inquiry, test, reasoning, interpretation, judgment, summary, finding, report, opinion, evaluation, breakdown, division, partition, subdivision, dissolution, dissection
Examples from the Web for analysis
Contemporary Examples of analysis
Analysis of the 2014 vote showed that Democrats had been hurt by an abrupt drop in Latino turnout.How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016
October 25, 2013
"It could be anything," said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team.The Other War(s) Against Iran
September 18, 2012
Analysis of the fact that Ryan can lie the way he does requires the skills of a psychologist.Michael Tomasky on Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech and His Web of Lies
August 30, 2012
CAREFULLY SEPARATE OPINION AND ANALYSIS FROM STRAIGHT NEWS STORIES... AND CLEARLY LABEL EVERYTHING... 8.Jim Lehrer's Stealthy Exit
May 13, 2011
Daniel Sullivan and von Wachter, Till (2009): Job Displacement and Mortality: An Analysis Using Administrative Data.15 Signs You'll Live Forever
July 27, 2010
Historical Examples of analysis
Analysis searched every wound of humanity, in order to expose its horror.Doctor Pascal
He punched the private wire to Analysis for the fourth time that morning.
In a corner office they found the Analysis man, pale but jubilant.
Analysis, first of all, and egotism, and therefore no faith.
Analysis and record, for future use, of lessons learned by experience.Civics and Health
William H. Allen
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
- the decomposition of a substance into its elements, radicals, or other constituents in order to determine the kinds of constituents present (qualitative analysis) or the amount of each constituent (quantitative analysis)
- the result obtained by such a determination
Word Origin for analysis
1580s, "resolution of anything complex into simple elements" (opposite of synthesis), from Medieval Latin analysis (15c.), from Greek analysis "a breaking up, a loosening, releasing," noun of action from analyein "unloose, release, set free; to loose a ship from its moorings," in Aristotle, "to analyze," from ana "up, throughout" (see ana-) + lysis "a loosening," from lyein "to unfasten" (see lose). Psychological sense is from 1890. Phrase in the final (or last) analysis (1844), translates French en dernière analyse.