1. [ noun ] an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
Related terms: investigation cost_analysis anatomy chemical_analysis dissection case_study analyze
2. [ noun ] (psychology) the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
Synonyms: analytic_thinking
Related terms: synthesis reasoning dissection elimination breakdown reductionism systems_analysis trend_analysis cost-benefit_analysis analyze
3. [ noun ] (writing) a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
Related terms: criticism
4. [ noun ] (mathematics) a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation
Related terms: calculus Fourier_analysis
5. [ noun ] (rhetoric) the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., "the father of the bride" instead of "the bride's father"
Related terms: expressive_style
6. [ noun ] (medicine,psychology,psychoanalysis) a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
Synonyms: depth_psychology psychoanalysis

"his physician recommended psychoanalysis"

Related terms: psychotherapy hypnoanalysis introject catharsis condensation reality_principle anal_personality oral latent_content ego oral_personality anal libido id anal_stage latency_stage ego_ideal genital_personality superego acathexis transference complex death_instinct penis_envy libidinal_energy cathexis introjection anaclisis castration_anxiety pleasure_principle cathectic genital_stage abreact oral_stage psychosexual_development phallic_phase imago analyze
Similar spelling:   analyst