Definitions of synthesis

  1. reasoning from the general to the particular ( or from cause to effect)
  2. the process of producing a chemical compound ( usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
  3. the combination of ideas into a complex whole
  4. Composition, or the putting of two or more things together, as in compounding medicines.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 analysis.
  7. The putting of things together to form a whole: opposite to analysis.
  8. Synthetic.
  9. In chemistry the formation of compounds by the union of simpler compounds or elements.
  10. Building up of a compound.
  11. A putting together, a making a whole out of parts: the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole, or reasoning from principles previously established to a conclusion, as opp. to analysis: ( gram.) the uniting of ideas into a sentence: ( med.) the reunion of parts that have been divided: ( chem.) the uniting of elements to form a compound:- pl. SYNTHESES.
  13. Composition; combination of elements to form a whole.
  14. Synthetic, synthetical.
  15. A putting together; construction.
  16. Synthetical.
  17. Composition, or the putting of two or more things together; the process of deducing and combining complex ideas from simple ones; the operation by which divided parts are reunited; the uniting of elements into a compound; the reverse of analysis.
  18. The uniting of elements to form a compound; the opposite of analysis; the putting of two or more things together to form a whole; in surg., the operation by which divided parts are reunited.

Usage examples for synthesis

  1. This point will meet us again in the following chapter; here we shall speak of the matter only as it bears upon the questions of analysis and synthesis – How We Think by John Dewey
  2. This may be called an active synthesis and is the true creative imagination. – Essay on the Creative Imagination by Th. Ribot
  3. A new moral earnestness must precede the rise of larger religious ideals; for the new religious synthesis which many long for, will not be a fabrication, but a growth. – Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890 by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  4. The development of this second synthesis was comparatively slow. – Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity by Kirsopp Lake
  5. They do not claim to record recent events and teaching but are attempts at synthesis which assume that Jainism is well known and respected. – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  6. His own synthesis in the particular form he gave it, will necessarily crumble away. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  7. I perceived now very clearly that human life is essentially a creative struggle out of the usage of immemorial years, that the synthesis of our contemporary civilization is this creative impulse rising again in its latest and greatest effort, the creative impulse rising again, as a wave rises from the trough of its predecessors, out of the ruins of our parent system, imperial Rome. – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  8. But it would not commonly be considered a synthesis of the best characteristics of the two schools. – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  9. " Mass action is not a form of action as much as it is a process and synthesis of action. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  10. Both by analysis and synthesis she is wholly his. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
  11. Is this an example of synthesis or of analysis? – An Introduction to Chemical Science by R.P. Williams
  12. I don't believe I really knew what life meant before I came to the Synthesis – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  13. You, Mr. Jones, or Smith, who read this are in your single self a sort of synthesis of the entire animal creation. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  14. The analysis and synthesis which is first made is that of most practical importance...." – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  15. That mute but eloquent parable in stone is the real synthesis of the history of the papacy- the episcopal palace by the tomb of the Apostle, in the first Christian church, at one end, and at the other the fortress which was once a pagan emperor's mausoleum, with its dungeons and its history, secret and open, of crime and bloodshed; and between these the covered way along which the popes pass and repass from one to the other, symbol not of the separation but of the fateful conjunction of spiritual and temporal which has haunted their history. – Rome by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker Hope Malleson
  16. It is no answer to this to urge that Kant afterwards points out that space as an object presupposes a synthesis which does not belong to sense. – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  17. Lyricism again is thought without consequence, instinct and presentiment, leaping quickly in lawless synthesis it is union but not a chain formed of individual links, it is melody but not scales. – Paul Verlaine by Stefan Zweig
  18. Our mathematics and our science can break into the circle of the celestial and the terrestrial forces, and weigh and measure and separate them, and in a degree understand them; but the forces of life defy our analysis as well as our synthesis – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  19. That is to say, we usually consider first the whole thought, then analyze it into its several parts, and when each part is understood, we combine by synthesis the parts into the general thought. – Training the Teacher by A. F. Schauffler Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux Martin G. Brumbaugh Marion Lawrance
  20. His landscapes, again, were a synthesis of all landscapes, a grouping of the great truths of light, air, shadow, space. – A Text-Book of the History of Painting by John C. Van Dyke