from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole.
- n. The complex whole so formed.
- n. Chemistry Formation of a compound from simpler compounds or elements.
- n. Philosophy Reasoning from the general to the particular; logical deduction.
- n. Philosophy The combination of thesis and antithesis in the Hegelian dialectical process whereby a new and higher level of truth is produced.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The formation of something complex or coherent by combining simpler things.
- n. The reaction of elements or compounds to form more complex compounds.
- n. A deduction from the general to the particular.
- n. The combination of thesis and antithesis.
- n. In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation; (JP 1-02).
- n. An apt arrangement of elements of a text, especially for euphony.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Composition, or the putting of two or more things together, as in compounding medicines.
- n. The art or process of making a compound by putting the ingredients together, as contrasted with analysis; thus, water is made by synthesis from hydrogen and oxygen; hence, specifically, the building up of complex compounds by special reactions, whereby their component radicals are so grouped that the resulting substances are identical in every respect with the natural articles when such occur; thus, artificial alcohol, urea, indigo blue, alizarin, etc., are made by synthesis.
- n. The combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, as of simple into complex conceptions, species into genera, individual propositions into systems; -- the opposite of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A putting of two or more things together; composition; specifically, the combination of separate elements or objects of thought into a whole, as of simple into compound or complex conceptions, and individual propositions into a system; also, a process of reasoning advancing in a direct manner from principles established or assumed, and propositions already proved, to the conclusion: the opposite of analysis.
- n. Specifically— In grammar, the combination of radical and formative elements into one word, as distinguished from their maintenance in the condition of separate words. See synthetic, 2.
- n. In surgery, an operation by which divided parts are united.
- n. In chem., the uniting of elements into a compound; composition or combination: the opposite of analysis, which is the separation of a compound into its constituent parts: as, that water is composed of oxygen and hydrogen is proved both by analysis and by synthesis.
- n. In acoustics, the combining of two or more simple sounds of different pitch, as those of several tuning-forks to produce or imitate a certain compound sound, as, for example, that of a piano-string.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. In Rom, antiq., a short garment, not known by any representations, worn instead of the toga at the Saturnalia and commonly at banquets.
- n. In chem., the union of two compound bodies to form a more complex one.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
- n. the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
- n. the combination of ideas into a complex whole
Latin, collection, from Greek sunthesis, from suntithenai, to put together : sun-, syn- + tithenai, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin synthesis, from Ancient Greek σύνθεσις (synthesis, "a putting together; composition"), from συντίθημι ("put together, combine"), from σύν (syn, "together") + τίθημι ("set, place"). (Wiktionary)