from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding.
- n. The knowledge that is acquired in this way.
- n. Capacity to include.
- n. Logic The sum of meanings and corresponding implications inherent in a term.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. thorough understanding
- n. The totality of intensions, that is, attributes, characters, marks, properties, or qualities, that the object possesses, or else the totality of intensions that are pertinent to the context of a given discussion.
- n. a compact syntax for generating a list in some functional programming languages
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.
- n. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome.
- n. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect; perception; understanding.
- n. The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.
- n. A figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of comprehending, including, or embracing; a comprising; inclusion.
- n. The quality or state of being comprehensive; comprehensiveness.
- n. That which comprehends or contains within itself; a summary; an epitome.
- n. Capacity of the mind to understand; power of the understanding to receive and contain ideas; ability to know.
- n. The act or fact of understanding; successful exercise of the knowing faculty; grasp of the significance or particulars of anything: as, to be quick of comprehension; the distinct comprehension of a term or of a subject.
- n. In rhetoric, a trope or figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.
- n. In logic, the sum of all those attributes which make up the content of a given conception: thus, rational, sensible, moral, etc., form the comprehension of the conception man: opposed to extension, extent.
- n. Synonyms See list under apprehension.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the relation of comprising something
- n. an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)
Middle English comprehensioun, from Latin comprehēnsiō, comprehēnsiōn-, from comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French compréhension. (Wiktionary)