analysis

Use the noun analysis to refer to the way you understand something by looking at it in different ways and studying its different parts.

Analysis is a noun that is used in many ways and by many fields. It makes sense, since it is "a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations," which means everyone does it at some point. In fact, every time you solve a problem you use analysis. Analysis is also shorthand for psychoanalysis, used for understanding psychological and mental processes.

Primary Meanings of analysis

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n
the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
2.
n
a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
3.
n
a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation
4.
n
the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'
Full Definitions of analysis
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n the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations

Synonyms:
analytic thinking
Antonyms:
synthesis, synthetic thinking
the combination of ideas into a complex whole
Types:
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breakdown, partitioning
an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
cost-benefit analysis
an analysis of the cost effectiveness of different alternatives in order to see whether the benefits outweigh the costs
dissection
a minute and critical analysis
elimination, reasoning by elimination
analysis of a problem into alternative possibilities followed by the systematic rejection of unacceptable alternatives
reductionism
the analysis of complex things into simpler constituents
systems analysis
analysis of all aspects of a project along with ways to collect information about the operation of its parts
trend analysis
analysis of changes over time
resolution, resolving
analysis into clear-cut components
Type of:
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical

n an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole

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anatomy
a detailed analysis
case study
a detailed analysis of a person or group from a social or psychological or medical point of view
chemical analysis, qualitative analysis
the act of decomposing a substance into its constituent elements
cost analysis
breaking down the costs of some operation and reporting on each factor separately
dissection
detailed critical analysis or examination one part at a time (as of a literary work)
fundamental analysis, fundamentals analysis
(stock exchange) the use of fundamentals as an investment strategy
technical analysis, technical analysis of stock trends
(stock exchange) analysis of past price changes in the hope of forecasting future price changes
uranalysis, urinalysis
(medicine) the chemical analysis of urine (for medical diagnosis)
scatology
(medicine) the chemical analysis of excrement (for medical diagnosis or for paleontological purposes)
polarography
an electrochemical method of chemical analysis
quantitative analysis, quantitative chemical analysis
chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance
spectrographic analysis, spectrometry, spectroscopic analysis, spectroscopy, spectrum analysis
the use of spectroscopes to analyze spectra
dialysis
separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
dating, geological dating
use of chemical analysis to estimate the age of geological specimens
thermogravimetry
the measurement of changes in weight as a function of changes in temperature used as a technique of chemically analyzing substances
Type of:
investigating, investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

n a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed

Type of:
criticism, literary criticism
a written evaluation of a work of literature
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n a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud

Synonyms:
depth psychology, psychoanalysis
Types:
hypnoanalysis
the use of hypnosis in conjunction with psychoanalysis
Type of:
psychotherapy
the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
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n a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation

Types:
Fourier analysis, harmonic analysis
analysis of a periodic function into a sum of simple sinusoidal components
Type of:
calculus, infinitesimal calculus
the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions
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n the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'

Type of:
expressive style, style
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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