from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of comparing or the process of being compared.
- n. A statement or estimate of similarities and differences.
- n. The quality of being similar or equivalent; likeness: no comparison between the two books.
- n. Grammar The modification or inflection of an adjective or adverb to denote the positive, comparative, and superlative degrees, as in English, along with the equative degree in certain other languages, such as Irish Gaelic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of comparing or the state or process of being compared
- n. An evaluation of the similarities and differences of one or more things relative to some other or each-other
- n. With a negation, the state of being similar or alike
- n. The ability of adjectives and adverbs to form three degrees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of comparing; an examination of two or more objects with the view of discovering the resemblances or differences; relative estimate.
- n. The state of being compared; a relative estimate; also, a state, quality, or relation, admitting of being compared.
- n. That to which, or with which, a thing is compared, as being equal or like; illustration; similitude.
- n. The modification, by inflection or otherwise, which the adjective and adverb undergo to denote degrees of quality or quantity.
- n. A figure by which one person or thing is compared to another, or the two are considered with regard to some property or quality, which is common to them both; e.g., the lake sparkled like a jewel.
- n. The faculty of the reflective group which is supposed to perceive resemblances and contrasts.
- transitive v. To compare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of comparing; transition of thought or observation from one object to another, for the discovery of their likeness or unlikeness; the study or investigation of relations.
- n. An act of comparing; a comparative estimate or statement; a consideration of likeness or difference in regard to particular persons or things.
- n. Comparable state, condition, or character; any relation of similitude or resemblance; capability of being compared; power of comparing: as, the one is so much superior to the other that there is no comparison between them.
- n. Something with which another thing is compared; a similitude, or illustration by similitude; a parallel.
- n. In grammar, the variation of an adjective or (much more rarely) adverb to express a higher and the highest degree of what is denoted by the adjective or adverb.
- n. In rhetoric, the considering of two things with regard to some quality or characteristic which is common to them both, as the likening of a hero to a lion in courage.
- n. In phrenology, one of the reflecting faculties, whose supposed function is to give the power of perceiving resemblances and differences or other analogies, and to produce a tendency to compare one thing with another. See phrenology
- To compare.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of examining resemblances
- n. qualities that are comparable
- n. relation based on similarities and differences
Biology -- _Comparative Anatomy_; but I would ask whether _comparison_, and that classification which is the result of comparison, are not the essence of every science whatsoever?
_comparison_; there are two degrees of comparison, the comparative, which increases or diminishes the quality, is formed by adding _er_ to the adjective in its positive state; the superlative increases or diminishes the comparative to its last degree, and is formed by adding
The UK, in comparison, is inferior – we can only muster an A3.
A group blog in comparison is a cacophony requiring more effort and providing less reward for that effort.
If a comparison is ever warranted, he will look like a mental giant in comparison to the Alaskan Brood Sow.
Any sort that makes you smaller in comparison is the bad kind.
Online reading of magazines (as opposed to blogs) suffers in comparison from the lack of instant ability for the reader to go to the article or report being discussed -- I have lost track of the number of times I've had to find a site via Google, then get mired in some Internet distraction and lose the thread, or never return.
Hell seems to be ever-changing; Heaven's Bliss in comparison is static (although continuous change can get rather static after a while, but it's a surprise!) and who said change is bad?
Acapulco in comparison is much smaller and is located in the poorest state in Mexico.
Valle de Bravo, in comparison, is crowded, claustrophobic and cold, Tlaxcala is nice but the tope capital of the universe and a small town overrun with arrogant DF'ers on the weekend, Jalapa can be cloudy and subject to incessant drizzle and Veracruz, which is a wonderful city, is both hot and cold and humid.