1. an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole;

2. the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations;

[syn:

3. a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed;

4. the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father';

5. a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation;

6. a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud;

- Example: "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"

[syn: psychoanalysis,

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mathematics \Math`e*mat"ics\, n. [F. math['e]matiques, pl., L. mathematica, sing., Gr. ? (sc. ?) science. See Mathematic, and -ics.] That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed; the science of spatial and quantitative relations. [1913 Webster] Note: Mathematics embraces three departments, namely: 1. Arithmetic. 2. Geometry, including Trigonometry and Conic Sections. 3. Analysis, in which letters are used, including Algebra, Analytical Geometry, and Calculus. Each of these divisions is divided into pure or abstract, which considers magnitude or quantity abstractly, without relation to matter; and mixed or applied, which treats of magnitude as subsisting in material bodies, and is consequently interwoven with physical considerations. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Analysis \A*nal"y*sis\, n.; pl. Analyses. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to unloose, to dissolve, to resolve into its elements; ? up + ? to loose. See Loose.] 1. A resolution of anything, whether an object of the senses or of the intellect, into its constituent or original elements; an examination of the component parts of a subject, each separately, as the words which compose a sentence, the tones of a tune, or the simple propositions which enter into an argument. It is opposed to synthesis. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) The separation of a compound substance, by chemical processes, into its constituents, with a view to ascertain either (a) what elements it contains, or (b) how much of each element is present. The former is called qualitative, and the latter quantitative analysis. [1913 Webster] 3. (Logic) The tracing of things to their source, and the resolving of knowledge into its original principles. [1913 Webster] 4. (Math.) The resolving of problems by reducing the conditions that are in them to equations. [1913 Webster] 5. (a) A syllabus, or table of the principal heads of a discourse, disposed in their natural order. (b) A brief, methodical illustration of the principles of a science. In this sense it is nearly synonymous with synopsis. [1913 Webster] 6. (Nat. Hist.) The process of ascertaining the name of a species, or its place in a system of classification, by means of an analytical table or key. [1913 Webster] Ultimate, Proximate, Qualitative, Quantitative, and Volumetric analysis. (Chem.) See under Ultimate, Proximate, Qualitative, etc. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

analysis n 1: an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole 2: the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations [syn: analysis, analytic thinking] [ant: synthesis, synthetic thinking] 3: a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed 4: the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father' 5: a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation 6: a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis" [syn: psychoanalysis, analysis, depth psychology]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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