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Dictionary definition for: Analysis

1. (n) an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole

2. (n) the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations

3. (n) a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed

4. (n) the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., "the father of the bride" instead of "the bride''s father"

5. (n) a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation

6. (n) 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"

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