American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Clearly expressed or delineated; definite: The victim gave a precise description of the suspect.
- adj. Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct: a precise measurement; a precise instrument.
- adj. Strictly distinguished from others; very: at that precise moment.
- adj. Distinct and correct in sound or meaning: precise pronunciation; precise prose.
- adj. Conforming strictly to rule or proper form: "The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at New Plymouth” ( Thomas Morton).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Definite; exact; neither more nor less than; just, with no error.
- Exactly stated, defined, marked off, or measured, etc.; strictly expressed, stated, etc.
- Being just what it purports or is alleged to be, and not something else; particular.
- Containing or committing no error: as, a precise measurement; measuring or reckoning with extreme exactness, so as to reduce the errors in an unusual degree: as, a precise instrument or operator.
- Exact in conduct or requirements; strict; punctilious; express; formal; over-exact or over-scrupulous; prim; precisian; also, conformed to over-scrupulous requirements.
- Specifically, Puritan; puritanical.
- In logic, containing nothing superfiuous.
- Synonyms Accurate, Correct, Exact, etc. (see accurate), distinct, express.
- Stiff, ceremonious.
- Precisely; exactly.
- adj. exact, accurate
- adj. sciences Of experimental results, consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other. This does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated; definite; exact; nice; not vague or equivocal.
- adj. Strictly adhering or conforming to rule; very nice or exact; punctilious in conduct or ceremony; formal; ceremonious.
- adj. (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
- adj. sharply exact or accurate or delimited
- Middle English, exact, from Old French precis, condensed, precisely fixed, from Latin praecīsus, past participle of praecīdere, to shorten : prae-, pre- + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Both defended the right of Israel to exist, both condemned the violence, but Benedict XVI spoke in precise terms of the Two States; he even said that the security barrier is unacceptable and that Jerusalem has to be the capital of both States.”
“Instead, he says, health-conscious consumers should focus on getting their vitamins from plant foods, such as vegetables and whole grains, which contain precise mixtures of hundreds or even thousands of compounds.”
“That there is some generalization of the Principle of Computational Equivalence that will somehow actually mean that with appropriate interpretation, sort of all conceivable universes are in precise detail, our actual universe, and its complete history.”
“Take a simple example, the mammalian middle ear, tiny bones in precise alignment that couple and amplify miniscule pressure waves.”
“When we say "We can imagine", what we need to say to be precise is "We can imagine a series of variations on known developmental processes that will cause an embryo to develop into the new form rather than the old.”
“O'Sullivan's 72, starting with the remaining 10 reds unpromisingly grouped over one side of the table, was a masterclass in precise positional play and subtle thinking as he took a pink from each and added the yellow for a winning 72 only to negate this good work by missing a simple pink to let the Australian left-hander in for 59 and a 3-1 lead.”
“Ginger, Smudge, George and Dusty volunteered and carried out the function in precise dress and military order.”
“Cooled my heels and observed, put stacks of books in precise marching order, dropped cards on the freebie table.”
“Shriver, who writes in precise, dynamic prose that reads almost like literary journalism, can be heartless too, and sometimes her forthright dialogue tips over into cheap shock tactics ... the denouement ... hovers around the implausible.”
“Athletic ability, or training to be more precise, is how relatively short people can overcome those with long limbs.”
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