Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brief outline or general view, as of a subject or written work; an abstract or a summary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brief summary of the major points of a written work, either as prose or as a table; an abridgment or condensation of a work.
  • n. A prayer book for use by the laity of the church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A general view, or a collection of heads or parts so arranged as to exhibit a general view of the whole; an abstract or summary of a discourse; a syllabus; a conspectus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A summary or brief statement giving a general view of some subject; a compendium of heads or short paragraphs so arranged as to afford a view of the whole or of principal parts of a matter under consideration; a conspectus.
  • n. In the Gr. Ch., a prayer-book for the use of the laity, of the same character as that described under anthology, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

Etymologies

Late Latin, from Greek sunopsis, general view : sun-, syn- + opsis, view; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin synopsis, itself from Ancient Greek σύνοψις (sunopsis), from σύν (sun, "with") + ὄψις (opsis, "view") (Wiktionary)

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