Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of SYNTHETIC

Pronunciation:  sin'thetik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a compound made artificially by chemical reactions
  2. [adj]  (logic) of a proposition; having a truth value determined by observation or facts, as"all men are arrogant"
  3. [adj]  (linguistics) systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words
  4. [adj]  involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis; "limnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements...that extend well beyond the limits of biology"- P.S.Welch
  5. [adj]  not genuine or natural; "counterfeit rhetoric that flourishes when passions are synthetic"- George Will
  6. [adj]  artificial as if portrayed in a film; "a novel with flat celluloid characters"
  7. [adj]  (chemistry) not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially; "man-made fibers"; "synthetic leather"

SYNTHETIC is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: agglutinative, artificial, celluloid, combining(a), counterfeit, imitative, inflectional, man-made, polysynthetic, semisynthetic, synthetical, unreal
 Antonyms: analytic, analytical, uninflected
 See Also: a posteriori, chemical compound, compound, inductive, logical, Plasticine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Syn*thet"ic\, Synthetical \Syn*thet"ic*al\, a. [Gr.
?: cf. F. synth['e]tique.]
1. Of or pertaining to synthesis; consisting in synthesis or
   composition; as, the synthetic method of reasoning, as
   opposed to analytical.

         Philosophers hasten too much from the analytic to
         the synthetic method; that is, they draw general
         conclusions from too small a number of particular
         observations and experiments.         --Bolingbroke.

2. (Chem.) Artificial. Cf. {Synthesis}, 2.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Comprising within itself structural or other
   characters which are usually found only in two or more
   diverse groups; -- said of species, genera, and higher
   groups. See the Note under {Comprehensive}, 3.

{Synthetic}, or {Synthetical language}, an inflectional
   language, or one characterized by grammatical endings; --
   opposed to {analytic language}. --R. Morris.