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pre·ci·sion

 (prĭ-sĭzh′ən)
n.
1. The state or quality of being precise; exactness.
2.
a. The ability of a measurement to be consistently reproduced.
b. The number of significant digits to which a value has been reliably measured.
adj.
1. Used or intended for accurate or exact measurement: a precision tool.
2. Made so as to vary minimally from a set standard: precision components.
3. Of or characterized by accurate action: precision bombing.

[Latin praecīsiō, praecīsiōn-, a cutting off, from praecīsus, past participle of praecīdere, to cut off; see precise.]

precision

(prɪˈsɪʒən)
n
1. the quality of being precise; accuracy
2. (Mechanical Engineering) (modifier) characterized by or having a high degree of exactness: precision grinding; a precision instrument.
[C17: from Latin praecīsiō a cutting off; see precise]
preˈcisionism n
preˈcisionist n

pre•ci•sion

(prɪˈsɪʒ ən)

n.
1. the state or quality of being precise.
2. mechanical or scientific exactness: a lens ground with precision.
3. strict observance; punctiliousness.
4. Math. the degree to which the correctness of a quantity is expressed. Compare accuracy (def. 3).
adj.
5. of, pertaining to, or characterized by precision: precision instruments.
[1630–40; < Latin]
pre•ci′sion•al, adj.

Precision

 

(See also CORRECTNESS.)

bang on Exactly on; directly on; precisely as planned; apt or appropriate. This British slang phrase often appears as bang on target, popularized by bomber lingo during World War I.

It [a play] has enough quality and sense of the theatre to suggest that before long he will land one bang on the target. (Oxford Magazine, February 27, 1958)

By extension, the phrase also describes anything which is just right, apt, or appropriate.

As a realistic tale of low life in London, it is bang on. (Spectator, February 14, 1958)

Spot on is another British slang phrase which is used interchangeably with bang on.

dot one’s i’s and cross one’s t’s To be precise or meticulous down to the last or smallest detail; to particularize in detail so as to leave no room for doubt or uncertainty; to cite chapter and verse. This expression is said to have sprung from the possibility of confusing i’s with t’s if they are carelessly written without the respective dot and cross. The phrase has been in figurative use since the 1800s.

hit the nail on the head To do or say the most fitting thing; to cut through extraneous details and come right to the point; to make a clear, pithy statement. This expression has been in print since the 16th century. Hitting a nail properly—that is, squarely on the head —is likened to communicating effectively, or to the point. On the other hand, a bad hit which bends the nail is like rambling which fails to get to the crux of a matter.

At least they ignorantly hit the nail on the head, saying that the Devil was in him. (Fryke’s Voyage, 1700)

Occam’s razor The maxim that unnecessary facts or assumptions used to explain a subject must be eliminated. William of Occam, the 14th-century English scholastic philosopher known as “the Invincible Doctor,” believed that general ideas have no objective reality outside the mind (nominalism). Razor in this expression is a metaphorical term for the precise, dissecting, incisive methods which characterize Occam’s intellectual approach.

on the button Exactly, precisely; punctually, promptly; on the dot; often right on the button. This expression derives from the boxing slang use of button to mean the point of the chin. Literally then, on the button indicates a perfectly aimed punch to the chin or jaw area intended to knock a fighter out or at least seriously impair his ability to retaliate.

on the money At precisely the right time or place, right on target; often right on the money. This American slang expression appears to refer to money placed as a bet against a certain, previously stated outcome.

on the nose Precisely; right on target; on time. On the nose is old radio parlance describing the producer’s gesture of putting his finger on his nose to signify that the program was running according to schedule. The phrase is now used especially in regard to time but can describe anything which is accurate, precise, or apt. On the button is akin to on the nose in meaning and usage, and both are American equivalents of the British phrases bang on and spot on.

to a T Exactly, precisely, perfectly.

All these old-fashioned goings on would suit you to a T. (Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dred, 1856)

The OED dismisses as untenable the popular belief that this expression is an allusion to the T square, a draftsman’s T-shaped ruler for the accurate drawing of right angles, parallel lines, etc. It conjectures instead that it was the initial of a word, perhaps tittle ‘dot, jot,’ since this was in use nearly a century before to a T in exactly the same constructions. Use of the expression dates from at least the late 17th century.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precision - the quality of being reproducible in amount or performanceprecision - the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance; "he handled it with the preciseness of an automaton"; "note the meticulous precision of his measurements"
exactitude, exactness - the quality of being exact; "he demanded exactness in all details"; "a man of great exactitude"
impreciseness, imprecision - the quality of lacking precision

precision

noun exactness, care, accuracy, fidelity, correctness, rigour, nicety, particularity, exactitude, meticulousness, definiteness, dotting the i's and crossing the t's, preciseness The interior is planned with meticulous precision.

precision

noun
Translations
دِقَّه، ضَبْط
jemnýpřesnost
nøjagtighedpræcision
nákvæmni
natančnost
doğrulukhassaslıktamlık

precision

[prɪˈsɪʒən]
A. N (gen) → precisión f; [of calculations] → exactitud f
precision-made [product, instrument] → hecho con precisión
B. CPD precision bombing Nbombardeo m de precisión
precision engineering Ningeniería f de precisión
precision instrument Ninstrumento m de precisión

precision

[prɪˈsɪʒən]
nprécision f
with precision → avec précision
modif [engineering, instrument, weapon] → de précision precision bombingprecision bombing nbombardements mpl de précision

precision

nGenauigkeit f; (of work, movement also)Präzision f

precision

:
precision bombing
ngezielter Bombenabwurf
precision-engineered
adjpräzisionsgefertigt
precision engineering
nPräzisionstechnik f
precision instrument
nPräzisionsinstrument nt
precision-made
adjpräzisionsgefertigt
precision tool
nPräzisionswerkzeug nt
precision work

precision

[prɪˈsɪʒn] nprecisione f

precise

(priˈsais) adjective
1. exact. Give me his precise words; precise instructions; a precise translation.
2. careful to be accurate and exact in manner, speech etc. He is always very precise.
preˈciseness noun
preˈcisely adverb
1. exactly. at midday precisely; Precisely what do you mean?; He spoke very precisely.
2. used to express complete agreement. `So you think we should wait until tomorrow?' `Precisely.'
preˈcision (-ˈsiʒən) noun
exactness; accuracy. He spoke with great precision; (also adjective) precision tools (=tools used for obtaining very accurate results).

pre·ci·sion

n. precisión, exactitud.

precision

n precisión f
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This, however, would be a mistake, produced by attempting to give to words a precision which they do not possess when used by unsophisticated people.
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Now, an anchor is never cast, and to take a liberty with technical language is a crime against the clearness, precision, and beauty of perfected speech.
The tune, played with precision and in exact time, began to thrill in the hearts of Nicholas and Natasha, arousing in them the same kind of sober mirth as radiated from Anisya Fedorovna's whole being.
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But if we are allowed to sit at meat with her,--ever a royal condescension,--it is ours at least to pass her the salt, to see that she is never kept waiting a moment for the mustard or the pepper, to cut the bread for her with geometrical precision, and to lean as near her warm shoulder as we dare to pour out for her the sacred wine.
A further proof is, that novices in the art attain to finish: of diction and precision of portraiture before they can construct the plot.
I cannot admit it," said Sergey Ivanovitch, with his habitual clearness, precision of expression, and elegance of phrase.
He threw over him his scarlet mantle, put on his head a montera of green velvet trimmed with silver edging, flung across his shoulder the baldric with his good trenchant sword, took up a large rosary that he always carried with him, and with great solemnity and precision of gait proceeded to the antechamber where the duke and duchess were already dressed and waiting for him.
He walked to the detective, looked him steadily in the face, and with the only rapid motion he had ever made in his life, or which he ever would make, drew back his arms, and with the precision of a machine knocked Fix down.
Also, they were inaccurate; they did not sting with precision.