Comparison

  • 1 Comparison — Com*par i*son (? or ?), n. [F. comparaison, L. comparatio. See 1st {Compare}.] 1. The act of comparing; an examination of two or more objects with the view of discovering the resemblances or differences; relative estimate. [1913 Webster] As sharp …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 comparison — comparison, contrast, antithesis, collation, parallel mean a setting of things side by side so as to discover or exhibit their likenesses and differences, especially their generic likenesses and differences. Comparison is often used as the… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 comparison — 1. For comparison of adjectives, see adjective 3. 2. Comparison as the noun equivalent of compare is normally followed by with, not to, and this applies also to the expression by or in comparison: • By comparison with some of the 20 million tons… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 comparison — [kəm par′ə sən] n. [ME < OFr comparaison < L comparatio < pp. of COMPARE] 1. a comparing or being compared; estimation of similarities and differences 2. sufficient likeness to make meaningful comparison possible; possibility of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 comparison — I noun alikeness, analogical procedure, analogy, association, balance, comparatio, comparative estimate, conlatio, contrast, correlation, equation, measurement, nearness, parallel, rapprochement, relative estimate, relative estimation,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 Comparison — Com*par i*son, v. t. To compare. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 comparison — mid 14c., from O.Fr. comparaison (12c.), from L. comparationem (nom. comparatio), noun of action from pp. stem of comparare make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest, lit. to couple together, to form in pairs, from com with (see COM… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 comparison — [n] contrasting; corresponding allegory, analogizing, analogy, analyzing, association, balancing, bringing together, collating, collation, comparability, connection, contrast, correlation, discrimination, distinguishing, dividing, estimation,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 comparison — ► NOUN 1) the action or an instance of comparing. 2) the quality of being similar or equivalent …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 comparison — n. 1) to draw, make a comparison 2) to hold up under comparison 3) to defy comparison 4) a favorable; unfavorable comparison 5) a comparison between; to, with (there is no comparison between them; she made a comparison of our literature to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 comparison — com|pa|ri|son W2S3 [kəmˈpærısən] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(comparing)¦ 2¦(judgment)¦ 3¦(be like something)¦ 4 there s no comparison 5¦(grammar)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(COMPARING)¦[U] the process of comparing two or more people or things →↑compare, comparative ↑ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 comparison — com|par|i|son [ kəm perısən ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount the process of considering how things or people are different and how they are similar: make/draw a comparison: It is very difficult to make comparisons across schools. comparison… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 comparison — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ favourable/favorable, unfavourable/unfavorable ▪ fair, unfair ▪ broad, crude (esp. BrE), simple ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 comparison — noun 1 COMPARING (U) the process of comparing two people or things (+ with): Comparison with the director s earlier movies seems inevitable. | by comparison (=compared to someone or something else): After months of being in a tropical climate,… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 comparison */*/*/ — UK [kəmˈpærɪs(ə)n] / US [kəmˈperɪsən] noun Word forms comparison : singular comparison plural comparisons 1) a) [countable/uncountable] the process of considering how things or people are similar and how they are different make/draw a comparison …

    English dictionary

  • 16 comparison — [[t]kəmpæ̱rɪsən[/t]] ♦♦♦ comparisons 1) N VAR: oft N of/between pl n When you make a comparison, you consider two or more things and discover the differences between them. ...a comparison of the British and German economies... Its recommendations …

    English dictionary

  • 17 Comparison — For comparisons within Wikipedia, see Category:Comparisons. Contents 1 Computer science 2 Language 3 Mathemat …

    Wikipedia

  • 18 Comparison — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Comparison >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 comparison comparison collation contrast Sgm: N 1 identification identification Sgm: N 1 comparative estimate comparative estimate relative estimate GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 simile …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 comparison — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Representation as similar Nouns 1. comparison, matching, examining side by side, holding up to comparison; cross check, verification; analogy, parallel; contrast, opposition; relation. 2. comparability,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 comparison*/*/ — [kəmˈpærɪs(ə)n] noun [C/U] the process of considering the ways in which people or things are similar or different It is very difficult to make comparisons with other schools.[/ex] We cannot make a comparison between the two languages.[/ex] There… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English