American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of recapitulating.
- n. A summary or concise review.
- n. See biogenesis.
- n. Music Restatement or reworking of the exposition in the tonic, constituting the third and final section of the typical sonata form.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of recapitulating.
- n. In rhetoric, a summary or concise statement or enumeration of the principal points or facts in a preceding discourse, argument, or essay. Also anacephalæosis, enumeration. See epanodos.
- n. In biology, the appearance in a developing organism of stages that are considered to recapitulate, or repeat in brief stages, the life-history of ancestors, or to resemble adult ancestors. See recapitulation doctrine.
- n. In music, the third division of a movement in sonata form, in which the subjects are taken up afresh and both in the original key. Also called reprise.
- n. A subsequent brief recitement or enumeration of the major points in a narrative, article, or book.
- n. music The third major section of a musical movement written in sonata form, representing thematic material that originally appeared in the exposition section.
- n. biology The reenactment of the embryonic development in evolution of the species.
- n. theology The symmetry provided by Christ's life to the teachings of the Old Testament; the summation of human experience in Jesus Christ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of recapitulating; a summary, or concise statement or enumeration, of the principal points, facts, or statements, in a preceding discourse, argument, or essay.
- n. (Zoöl.) That process of development of the individual organism from the embryonic stage onward, which displays a parallel between the development of an individual animal (ontogeny) and the historical evolution of the species (phylogeny). Some authors recognize two types of recapitulation, palingenesis, in which the truly ancestral characters conserved by heredity are reproduced during development; and cenogenesis (
kenogenesisor coenogenesis), the mode of individual development in which alterations in the development process have changed the original process of recapitulation and obscured the evolutionary pathway.
- n. emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
- n. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated
- n. (music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when one is composing the final part of a movement)
- n. a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
- From Anglo-Norman recapitulaciun et al., Middle French recapitulacion et al., or their source, from Late Latin recapitulatio ("summing up, summary"), from the participle stem of recapitulare ("recapitulate"), from re- + capitulum ("chapter, section"), diminutive of caput ("head"). (Wiktionary)
“But the recapitulation is as gratuitous as it is insulting and untrue.”
“The sixth rule Tichonius calls the recapitulation, which, with sufficient watchfulness, is discovered in difficult parts of Scripture.”
“There was nothing left for it to do but to repeat, in short recapitulation, the course it had traversed, and to prove that it had been buried only after it had expired.”
“One bit of sloppiness and his backing of a fruitless theory made him increasingly irrelevant which is actually unfortunate—he was otherwise an interesting, if bombastic and overzealous, thinker who contributed to many disciplines but his theory, called recapitulation or the biogenetic law, was abandoned because his theory didn't fit the facts.”
“At a much more popular level, the transfer of the idea of recapitulation into general thinking is exemplified in its expression in a book on child care that was a handbook in many thousands of American homes in the mid-twentieth century.”
“Which genealogicall recapitulation in their nationall families and tribes, other people also haue obserued; as the Spaniards, who reckon their descent from Hesperus, before the”
“But you could pretty clearly use this kind of recapitulation argument that way.”
“Developmental genes has nothing to do with "recapitulation".”
“When you've read all the notes and done all the research, what is there to discuss other than a 'recapitulation' and other miscellaneous et ceteras?”
“Eden-gardens, etc. The well-known parallelism of the Individual history with the Race-history, the "recapitulation" by the embryo of the development of the race, does in fact afford an additional argument for its favorable reception.”
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