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
On the one hand, many AGW skeptics are told not to confuse short term synoptic weather patterns with long term climate trends; on the other hand, when short term climate trends coincide with AGW theories they immediatly make headline news see the 2005 Hurricane Season as a prime example.
The first three gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—are commonly referred to as the synoptic gospels.
The Gospels are subdivided into two groups, those which are commonly called synoptic (Matthew,
The first three gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke — are known as the synoptic gospels, and are the kernels of what theologians refer to as the “synoptic problem.”
The violent weather on the plains rarely stemmed from the large-scale, or what meteorologists call synoptic, events, but from these smaller-pressure highs and lows that boiled upward as burly storms on spring afternoons.
Of the four Gospels -- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- the first three -- Matthew, Mark and Luke -- are described as synoptic Gospels because they provide a synopsis of the life of Jesus.
In teaching history she used what I may call the synoptic method, taking periods of fifty years, and explaining contemporaneous events in France, Italy, Germany, and England during that period.
A favorite part of his plan was a room which he liked to call his synoptic room.
The number exceeded the most recent count -- called a synoptic survey -- conducted in 2007 by nearly 1,000 manatees.
What he is doing, as I understand it, is just taking in a lot of information, doing briefings -- really, this kind of synoptic review that they should be doing.
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