Overanalysis



[uh-nal-uh-sis] /əˈnæl ə sɪs/

noun, plural analyses
[uh-nal-uh-seez] /əˈnæl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements (opposed to ).
2.
this process as a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations:
the grammatical analysis of a sentence.
3.
a presentation, usually in writing, of the results of this process:
The paper published an analysis of the political situation.
4.
a philosophical method of exhibiting complex concepts or propositions as compounds or functions of more basic ones.
5.
Mathematics.

6.
Chemistry.

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8.
Computers. .
/əˈnælɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
the division of a physical or abstract whole into its constituent parts to examine or determine their relationship or value Compare synthesis (sense 1)
2.
a statement of the results of this
3.
short for psychoanalysis
4.
(chem)

5.
(linguistics) the use of word order together with word function to express syntactic relations in a language, as opposed to the use of inflections Compare synthesis (sense 4)
6.
(maths) the branch of mathematics principally concerned with the properties of functions, largely arising out of calculus
7.
(philosophy) (in the writings of Kant) the separation of a concept from another that contains it Compare synthesis (sense 6a)
8.
in the last analysis, in the final analysis, in the ultimate analysis, after everything has been given due consideration
n.

1580s, “resolution of anything complex into simple elements” (opposite of synthesis), from Medieval Latin analysis (15c.), from Greek analysis “a breaking up, a loosening, releasing,” noun of action from analyein “unloose, release, set free; to loose a ship from its moorings,” in Aristotle, “to analyze,” from ana “up, throughout” (see ana-) + lysis “a loosening,” from lyein “to unfasten” (see lose). Psychological sense is from 1890. Phrase in the final (or last) analysis (1844), translates French en dernière analyse.

analysis a·nal·y·sis (ə-nāl’ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. a·nal·y·ses (-sēz’)

analysis
(ə-nāl’ĭ-sĭs)

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