[kuh m-par-uh-suh n] /kəmˈpær ə sən/
the act of comparing.
the state of being compared.
a likening; illustration by similitude; comparative estimate or statement.
Rhetoric. the considering of two things with regard to some characteristic that is common to both, as the likening of a hero to a lion in courage.
capability of being compared or likened.
the act or process of comparing
the state of being compared
comparable quality or qualities; likeness: there was no comparison between them
a rhetorical device involving comparison, such as a simile
(grammar) Also called degrees of comparison. the listing of the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of an adjective or adverb
bear comparison, stand comparison, to be sufficiently similar in class or range to be compared with (something else), esp favourably
mid-14c., from Old French comparaison (12c.), from Latin comparationem (nominative comparatio), noun of action from past participle stem of comparare “make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest,” literally “to couple together, to form in pairs,” from com- “with” (see com-) + parare “prepare” (see pare).
noun, Optics. 1. a microscope having two objective lenses and using a system of prisms to form in one eyepiece adjacent images of two different objects.
[kuh m-par-uh-suh n-shop] /kəmˈpær ə sənˌʃɒp/ verb (used without object), comparison-shopped, comparison-shopping. 1. to compare prices and quality of competing merchandise. verb (used with object), comparison-shopped, comparison-shopping. 2. to compare prices and quality of merchandise in (competing stores) to determine the best value. 3. to compare prices and quality of (competing merchandise).
noun, Mathematics. 1. the theorem that a given infinite series converges if the absolute value of each term of the given series is less than or equal to the corresponding term in a known convergent series.
noun 1. an employee of a retail store hired to visit competing stores in order to gather information regarding styles, quality, prices, etc., of merchandise offered by competitors.