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
Examples from the Web for analysis
Analysis of the 2014 vote showed that Democrats had been hurt by an abrupt drop in Latino turnout.
"It could be anything," said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team.
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|Michael Tomasky|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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Daniel Sullivan and von Wachter, Till (2009): Job Displacement and Mortality: An Analysis Using Administrative Data.
Because Analysis can only explain to you a little about dead things, like stones—inorganic things as they are called.Madam How and Lady Why|Charles Kingsley
Analysis of desire thus reveals the falsity of theories which magnify it at the expense of intelligence.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
Analysis by the prism alone has quite doubled the knowledge that was previously available.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
Analysis of them shows that these salts undergo hydrolysis, and lose half their sulphuric acid.The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics|Franklin Beech
Analysis enfeebles the tact and spontaneity of feeling which constitute its strongest safeguard.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)|John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for analysis
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
Word Origin and History 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.