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A`nal´y`sis

Noun | 1. | analysis - an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole |

2. | analysis - the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relationsSynonyms: analytic thinkingAntonyms: synthetic thinking, synthesis - the combination of ideas into a complex whole | |

3. | analysis - a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed | |

4. | analysis - the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father' | |

5. | analysis - a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation | |

6. | analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis" |