Both Uses of
To Kill a Mockingbird
- They're right up yonder in the colored balcony—been there since precisely one-eighteen P.M.
p. 276..6 *precisely = exactly
- Precisely the same as last year and the year before that, with only two minor changes.
(precise as in: about noon; 12:03 to be precise) exact (accurate)editor's notes: In the fields of science, engineering, and statistics, precise and accurate are not properly used as synonyms the way they are in general usage.
If you throw darts at a dartboard and keep missing the bullseye, but hit in the same place on the dartboard each time, you would be described as precise, but not accurate.
If you seldom hit the bullseye, but tended to get close each time, you would be described as accurate, but not precise.
Finally, if you hit the bullseye each time, you would be considered both accurate and precise.