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precise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj precise (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth; strictly correct "a precise image","a precise measurement"
    • adj precise sharply exact or accurate or delimited "a precise mind","specified a precise amount","arrived at the precise moment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software
    • Precise Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated; definite; exact; nice; not vague or equivocal; as, precise rules of morality. "The law in this point is not precise .""For the hour precise Exacts our parting hence."
    • Precise Strictly adhering or conforming to rule; very nice or exact; punctilious in conduct or ceremony; formal; ceremonious. "He was ever precise in promise-keeping."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pound cake is so named not just because of the pound of butter, but more precisely because each of the four main ingredients (flour, butter, sugar and eggs) are weighed out as a pound.
    • precise Definite; exact; neither more nor less than; just, with no error.
    • precise Exactly stated, defined, marked off, or measured, etc.; strictly expressed, stated, etc.
    • precise Being just what it purports or is alleged to be, and not something else; particular.
    • precise Containing or committing no error: as, a precise measurement; measuring or reckoning with extreme exactness, so as to reduce the errors in an unusual degree: as, a precise instrument or operator.
    • precise Exact in conduct or requirements; strict; punctilious; express; formal; over-exact or over-scrupulous; prim; precisian; also, conformed to over-scrupulous requirements.
    • precise Specifically, Puritan; puritanical.
    • precise In logic, containing nothing superfiuous.
    • precise Synonyms Accurate, Correct, Exact, etc. (see accurate), distinct, express.
    • precise Stiff, ceremonious.
    • precise Precisely; exactly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ricin is a protein produced by the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, which is highly toxic (the minimal lethal dose is around 1 µg / kg body weight, that means 1/15th of a milligram could kill a 150 lb. person). Ricin can be a dangerous contaminant, making the production of castor oil a precisely controlled process.
    • adj Precise prē-sīs′ definite: exact: not vague: just of the right amount or measure: adhering too much to rule: excessively nice, punctilious, prim
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Quotations

  • John Kenneth Galbraith
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    “There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.”
  • Warren Bennis
    Warren Bennis
    “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.”
  • Lionel Trilling
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    “Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.”
  • Italo Calvino
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    “In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praecisus, cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere, to cut off in front, to cut off; prae, before + caedere, to cut: cf. F. précis,. Cf. Concise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. précis—L. præcisus, pa.p. of præcidĕrepræ, before, cædĕre, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

But, besides this, the church represented to the Utilitarian precisely the very worst specimen of the corruptions of the time.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Now, that is precisely what we observe in the organic world.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Will you allow me to ask precisely the meaning of this?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
That is precisely what this kind of rare genius does.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
It is precisely in this way that the great goddess revenges herself upon those who disobey her laws.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
With instruments so beautifully appointed we can understand the precision attained in modern observations.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Inoculate the liquefied medium and label it, etc., precisely as if dealing with a tube of bouillon.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Under what conditions, precisely, does this phenomenon of collective consciousness arise?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Regarding the mineral wealth of the country, it is impossible to speak with any precision.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
I must have been about four years old at this time, although there is nothing to determine the precise date.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He remembers even the room and the precise position of the persons present.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Why, Miss Precise has forbidden our wearing them.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
This at 12.35 precisely.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But precisely what national traits are to be discovered in this eminent fellow-countryman of ours?
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
Their nesting habits are precisely the same as those of the preceding species.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Precisely what, I had never so far thought out.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
That is, precisely as good work as you are willing to take the trouble to learn to do.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
The form of the narrative, however, in no way impairs its precision or accuracy of statement.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
This obliquity and consequent change of exposure are in degree precisely what the wants of the earth would seem to require.
"The Philosophy of the Weather" by Thomas Belden Butler
I do not precisely know your object, and you are a stranger to me.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
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In poetry:

Q. What is the duty, thou dost chiefly owe
To ev'ry man, with whom thou art concern'd?
The same to me with just precision show,
If thou hast it by heart completely learn'd.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
But hark, my brothers, yester eve
I had a wondrous vision.
The sun was just about to leave,
With his well-known precision,
When I espied upon the sand
A tin with a familiar brand.
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis
A twelvemonth is spent in her railing at John,
For doing precisely what she wanted done.
Thus, when our friend's absent, we can, with great ease
Heap on him whatever abuses we please.
"The Birth-Day" by William Hutton
Then, by those first, those clean, precise, accords,
Build to the Lord your temples and your song;
The curves of beauty, music's wedded chords
Resolving into heaven all hate and wrong.
"The Road Through Chaos" by Alfred Noyes
Grandma, with prim precision
The seam-stitch impaleth deftly
On her sharp and glittering needle,
Then she turns and answers calmly,
With a deep assurance--"Never
Was there such a child before!"
"Harry The First" by Marietta Holley
If time improve our wit as well as wine,
Say at what age a poet grows divine?
Shall we, or shall we not, account him so,
Who died, perhaps, an hundred years ago?
End all dispute; and fix the year precise
When British bards begin t'immortalize?
"Imitations of Horace: The First Epistle of the Second Book" by Alexander Pope

In news:

Campsites don't always appear at the precise moment we want to start camping .
The engineers at GemOro have created a new generation of carat scales with unique features, style, precision, durability and more.
Gaylee Saws' line of solid carbide and carbide -tipped Thin Saws are high-precision, tight-tolerance saws will be on display at IMTS 2012.
Solid Carbide and Carbide -Tipped Saws for High Precision.
IMCO Carbide Tools Inc of Perrysburg is expanding its business with the introduction of a new precision cutting tool designed for high-volume machine tooling operations.
Precision machined from 7075 aluminum, these 16° caster blocks and spindles have been tested and developed by Team Associated's top pilots to provide a more forgiving steering feel and improved suspension characteristics.
Mitsui Seiki's Vertex high precision line of Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs) just got bigger with the addition of a new, larger machine, the Vertex 750-5X.
CLEVELAND, November 13-Wayne Boeckman, president and CEO of Quick-Way Stampings Inc of Euless, TX, has been named the Precision Metalforming Association's (PMA) 2009 chairman of the board of directors.
Lisbeth Salander makes a transfixing heroine precisely because she has nothing but scorn for such a role.
Precise execution on corner kicks.
A lack of water sources hampered firefighters as they battled a massive fire Thursday night at Precision Precut Material LLC.
Precise synching of audio and video has been a critical goal for at least two decades.
The newly rebranded Dolby Theater takes advantage of the company's new Atmos sound format, which delivers more precise control of audio direction in auditoriums.
There's precisely one thought-provoking paragraph in the entire 9,600-word article.
Growers on the northern Plains continue to adopt precision agriculture technology and management practices.
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In science:

In the case of infinite precision real inputs, the distinction between chaotic and non-chaotic systems can be precisely drawn.
Algorithmic Chaos
However, the numerical calculation of Y (δφ) is limited by the machine precision and therefore we observe in Fig.1 (b) that even in double precision type, for δφ/π < 10−4 undesirable oscillations appear.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
Section 4 presents the notion of precise generalization of algebraic operators and defines precise generalizations of several useful algebraic operators.
An Extended Generalized Disjunctive Paraconsistent Data Model for Disjunctive Information
Precision vs brightness for the precise photometry.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
This is related to the general problem of S and K corrections so vital to precision photometry but is beyond the precision we can achieve here.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The Mainz experiment is the most appropriate to precisely determine the proton radius since it contains more points at lower momentum transfer and with a higher precision than the rest of the data.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
It does not by itself determine the precise security of the cipher, but rather is the starting point of precise analysis, which is a difficult task just as correlations in interacting manybody systems are always difficult to deal with in a rigorous quantitative manner.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
The very precise final image of the slits gives very precise which-way, i.e., particle-type information (in the sense of geometrical optics) on which slit the light for each slit image has passed through.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
Q∞ ) are simple, and We now describe the precise condition that ensures all the representations of Π hence by [31, Theorem 1.2] the precise condition that ensures that X 1 2 θ (n) is smooth.
Quiver varieties, category O for rational Cherednik algebras, and Hecke algebras
The precision on these numbers is rather low; indeed, strong finite N effects make difficult a precise determination of the discontinuous disappearance of the non-trivial solution.
On the freezing of variables in random constraint satisfaction problems
More precisely, establishing central and local limit theorems for N (Hd (n, p)), we determine the asymptotic distribution of N (Hd (n, p)) precisely.
The Order of the Giant Component of Random Hypergraphs
The precise hypothesis on Tε(ω) will be detailed in the following section in which the precise statement of the main theorem is also given.
Random Homogenization of Fractional Obstacle Problems
In finite-precision arithmetics the occurrence and precise location of (near-) breakdowns would also depend on the numerical details of the implementation.
Turbo charging time-dependent density-functional theory with Lanczos chains
For very low Eµ, the precision of P will be much weaker than δaCC in all cases, which means that the sensitivity is limited by the precision of P .
Neutrino factory optimization for non-standard interactions
According to this figure, we know that the computational error of VTM is decreasing, and it is limited by the machine precision of the computer, which is double-precision in this case.
Virtual Transmission Method, A New Distributed Algorithm to Solve Sparse Linear System
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