1Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something.‘statistical analysis’count noun ‘an analysis of popular culture’examination, investigation, inspection, survey, scanning, study, scrutiny, perusalView synonyms
- 1.1The process of separating something into its constituent elements.‘the procedure is often more accurately described as one of synthesis rather than analysis’dissection, assay, testingView synonyms
- 1.2The identification and measurement of the chemical constituents of a substance or specimen.‘samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis’count noun ‘analyses of the rocks are consistent with a basaltic composition’
- 1.3Mathematics The part of mathematics concerned with the theory of functions and the use of limits, continuity, and the operations of calculus.
- 1.1The process of separating something into its constituent elements.
- in the final analysis
When everything has been considered (used to suggest that a statement expresses the basic truth about a complex situation)‘in the final analysis it is a question of political history’
- ‘For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.’
- ‘But, in the final analysis, Tartt does much more than present a complex, rich, unique character.’
- ‘Yes, mistakes are made, targets are not achieved, but ultimately the science of hindsight often reveals flaws in the ultimate analysis.’
- ‘Looked at from the outside, however, our situation seems no different from his - for in the last analysis, it is not up to any of us to have the deepest selves we do.’
- ‘If political laurels go in the last analysis to those prepared to risk everything, then in this sense at least Pitt deserved them.’
Late 16th century via medieval Latin from Greek analusis, from analuein ‘unloose’, from ana- ‘up’ + luein ‘loosen’.