American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state or quality of being precise; exactness.
- n. The ability of a measurement to be consistently reproduced.
- n. The number of significant digits to which a value has been reliably measured.
- adj. Used or intended for accurate or exact measurement: a precision tool.
- adj. Made so as to vary minimally from a set standard: precision components.
- adj. Of or characterized by accurate action: precision bombing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of being precise, exact, or definite as to form or meaning; distinctness; accuracy.
- n. In logic: Freedom from inessential elements.
- n. The separation from anything of extrinsic elements. [In this sense, probably introduced into Latin by Scotus, precision appears to be the abstract noun corresponding to the verb prescind, and is occasionally spelled
- n. the state of being precise or exact; exactness
- n. the ability of a measurement to be reproduced consistently
- n. mathematics the number of significant digits to which a value may be measured reliably
- adj. used for exact or precise measurement
- adj. made, or characterized by accuracy
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being precise; exact limitation; exactness; accuracy; strict conformity to a rule or a standard; definiteness.
- n. the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance
- From Middle French precision. (Wiktionary)
- Latin praecīsiō, praecīsiōn-, a cutting off, from praecīsus, past participle of praecīdere, to cut off; see precise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Using Attributional Similarity to Solve Analogies number of correct guesses precision = total number of guesses made number of correct guesses recall = maximum possible number correct 2 x precision x recall F = precision recall”
“The term precision is considered as a component of accuracy, related to the scale, resolution, and also to the generalization of datasets.”
“Details very sketchy at this hour but U.S. officials confirming overnight there was what they call a precision missile strike against a target in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, a target that they say was in an area where there were known terrorists, al Qaeda terrorists with affiliations.”
“Now, earlier today, the U.S. military launched what it calls a precision air strike.”
“The 53-second clip provides a rare look at how the U.S. uses what it calls precision air strikes in urban areas to support ground operations.”
“If you remember in the Gulf War, about 10 percent of our munitions were what we call precision-guided munitions; in Operations Allied Force about 90 percent of our munitions were guided munitions.”
“The cost to produce the bug, which he characterized as precision handwork within the knowledge and competence of a handful of men, he estimated at $30,000 per unit.”
“AlCuMet makes what it calls precision castings out of aluminum and other alloys for the military, aerospace and other industries.”
“Our new foreign policy is what I call precision power.”
“We've seen a dramatic increase in precision guided weapons, air power over raw infantry (remember Kosovo was fought almost by nothing other than NATO air power), intelligence gathering (remember right wingers attacked Clinton throughout the 90's for supposedly trying to infringe on civil liberties ... some like Phil Gramm & George Bush even accused Clinton of racial profiling of Arabs & Chinese).”
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