from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or constituting a synopsis; presenting a summary of the principal parts or a general view of the whole.
- adj. Taking the same point of view.
- adj. Relating to or being the first three gospels of the New Testament, which share content, style, and order of events and which differ largely from John.
- adj. Meteorology Of or relating to data obtained nearly simultaneously over a large area of the atmosphere.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to a synopsis
- adj. In general, pertaining to or affording an overall view. In meteorology, this term has become somewhat specialized in referring to the use of meteorological data obtained simultaneously over a wide area for presenting a comprehensive and nearly instantaneous picture of the state of the atmosphere. Thus, to a meteorologist, synoptic takes the additional connotation of simultaneity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Affording a general view of the whole, or of the principal parts of a thing.
- n. One of the first three Gospels of the New Testament. See synoptist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affording a synopsis or general view of the whole or of the principal parts of a subject: as, a synoptic table; a synoptic history.
- n. One of the synoptic gospels; also, one of the writers of the synoptic gospels; a synoptist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. presenting or taking the same point of view; used especially with regard to the first three gospels of the New Testament
- adj. presenting a summary or general view of a whole
Greek sunoptikos, from sunopsis, general view; see synopsis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin synopticus, from Ancient Greek συνοπτικός (sunoptikos, "seeing the whole together or at a glance"), from σύνοψις (sunopsis, "a general view, synopsis"), from σύν (sun, "with") + ὄψις (opsis, "view"). (Wiktionary)