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precise

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1  —as in:
about noon; 12:03 to be precise
Definition exact (accurate)
  • Is it precise enough if I measure to the closest inch?
precise = accurate
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The detective is talking to all the witnesses to try to determine the precise sequence of events.
  • precise = exact
  • The company says it measures calories burned within 15% or the precise measurement that could be obtained in a laboratory.
  • precise = exact
  • The new test measures hormone levels more precisely.
  • precisely = accurately
  • Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • precision = exactness or accuracy
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • ...a thin line so precise that he could make it spiral seventy-nine times from the center to the edge of the desk without the lines ever touching or overlapping.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • precise = exact
  • I now related my history briefly but with firmness and precision, marking the dates with accuracy and never deviating into invective or exclamation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • precision = the quality of exactness or accuracy
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • With a sort of military precision that astonished him, she outlined the route that he was to follow.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • precision = the quality of exactness or accuracy
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that ... concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • precisely = exactly
  • She put one foot ahead of the other with precise regularity, not allowing her pace to lag.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
precise = exact

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2  —as in:
a precise personality
Definition meticulous (careful about details)
  • She has the kind of precise personality that never has a cluttered desk or an out-of-fashion item in her closet.
precise = meticulous (careful about details)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is precise in her thinking, appearance, and movements.
  • precise = meticulous (careful about details)
  • Her bearing is perhaps most like the noble bearing of the women of the Hereros of Southwest Africa—rather as if she imagines that as she walks she still bears a basket or a vessel upon her head. Her speech, on the other hand, is as careless as her carriage is precise—she is inclined to slur everything—
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • precise = meticulous (careful about details)
  • Never had she wielded her imaginative powers so precisely, so intensely, or for so long a time.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • precisely = meticulously (with great care for small details)
  • She was a quiet, precise woman who had been at Welch High School so long that she had also been Dad's English teacher.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • precise = meticulous (careful about details)
  • I do not know the play; but, as Maria says, if there is anything a little too warm (and it is so with most of them) it can be easily left out. We must not be over-precise, Edmund.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • precise = excessively concerned with proper manners
  •   "You have forgotten your place, nymph. I am a daughter of Zeus. Perhaps I cannot strike directly at your son, but the Fates say nothing about what I can do to you."
      She set the words in the room precisely as stones in a mosaic.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • precisely = meticulously
  • In the corresponding cubicle on the other side a small, precise-looking, dark— chinned man named Tillotson was working steadily away, with a folded newspaper on his knee and his mouth very close to the mouthpiece of the speakwrite.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • precise = meticulous (careful about details)
  • To conjure an army she would need to be extremely focused and precise.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • precise = meticulous (careful about details)
  • He had drawn the interiors of rooms and labeled them and specified their dimensions, down to the inches, in his precise, blocky handwriting.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
precise = meticulous (careful about details)

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