from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by or requiring great pains; very careful and diligent. See Synonyms at meticulous.
- n. Extremely careful and diligent work or effort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure.
- n. The application of careful and attentive effort.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Careful in doing; diligent; faithful; attentive.
- n. The act of taking pains; carefulness and fidelity in performance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That takes pains or trouble; characterized by close, careful, assiduous, or conscientious application or labor; industrious; laborious and careful: as, a painstaking person.
- n. The taking of pains; assiduous and careful labor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by extreme care and great effort
However, the sad story of the Yaquis 'fate, at the hands of the Mexican government itself, was related in painstaking detail in a book entitled Barbarous Mexico, published by an American, John Kenneth Turner, in 1911.
Not only did the doctor who did my root canal explain, in painstaking detail, what would happen and why, I had to listen to a little lesson about possible risks and sign a whole bunch of papers saying I understood the risks and was OK with them.
It will explain, in painstaking detail, both why I tend to go ballistic on people who are a little pushy with their advice, and also why so many people were very very upset about the OSBP proposal.
All good work arose in painstaking, painful sobriety, without any pleasant buzzing in the head.
For several weeks the back of my brain was busy contemplating this daft question, after disassembling the word painstaking in my head.
Roxy Paine’s maelstrom of metal branches entangle the rooftop garden, and Argentino-brit Pablo Bronstein’s subtle pisstake in painstaking architects’ drawings of the neoclassical pomposity of the Met itself is quietly outstanding.
The truth is, I didn’t want to have to call any parents, so by outlining everything in painstaking detail in my newsletters, I could avoid it.
Maud Colas, the patient navigator assigned to Ms. Williams, recalls painstaking sessions to get her to agree to treatment -- even while respecting her religious convictions.
All of that being done last night described as a painstaking process, but the Pentagon says it is on track now to release that tape sometime later today - no firm time yet.
Recalling the painstaking routine work of his youth, he knocked on every door.