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Webster 1913 Edition


Precise

Pre-cise′

,
Adj.
[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
.]
1.
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
.
Bacon.
For the hour
precise

Exacts our parting hence.
Milton.
2.
Strictly adhering or conforming to rule; very nice or exact; punctilious in conduct or ceremony; formal; ceremonious.
Addison.
He was ever
precise
in promise-keeping.
Shakespeare
Syn. – Accurate; exact; definite; correct; scrupulous; punctilious; particular; nice; formal. See
Accurate
.
Pre-cise′ly
,
adv.
Pre-cise′ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Precise

PRECI'SE

,
Adj.
[L. proecisus, from proecido, to cut off; proe and coedo; literally, cut or pared away, that is, pared to smoothness or exactness.]
1.
Exact; nice; definite; having determinate limitations; not loose, vague, uncertain or equivocal; as precise rules of morality; precise directions for life and conduct.
The law in this point is precise.
For the hour precise
Exacts our parting.
2.
Formal; superstitiously exact; excessively nice; punctilious in conduct or ceremony.

Definition 2021


precise

precise

See also: précise, precisé, and précisé

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

precise (comparative more precise, superlative most precise)

  1. Exact, accurate.
    • 1921, Bertrand Russell, The Analysis of Mind:
      A memory is "precise" when the occurrences that would verify it are narrowly circumscribed: for instance, "I met Jones" is precise as compared to "I met a man." A memory is "accurate" when it is both precise and true, i.e. in the above instance, if it was Jones I met.
  2. (sciences) Of experimental results, consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other. This does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value.
    • 2013 June 22, Snakes and ladders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76:
      Risk is everywhere. [] For each [kind] there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you. “The Norm Chronicles” [] aims to help data-phobes find their way through this blizzard of risks.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:meticulous

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Translations

Verb

precise (third-person singular simple present precises, present participle precising, simple past and past participle precised)

  1. (used by non-native speakers or in jargons, transitive) To make or render precise.

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Italian

Adjective

precise f pl

  1. feminine plural of preciso

Participle

precise f pl

  1. feminine plural of preciso

Verb

precise

  1. third-person singular past historic of precidere

Anagrams


Portuguese

Verb

precise

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of precisar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of precisar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of precisar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of precisar

Spanish

Verb

precise

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of precisar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of precisar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of precisar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of precisar.