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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Comparison  \Com*par"i*son\  (?  or  ?),  n.  [F.  comparaison,  L. 
  comparatio.  See  1st  {Compare}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  comparing;  an  examination  of  two  or  more 
  objects  with  the  view  of  discovering  the  resemblances  or 
  differences;  relative  estimate. 
 
  As  sharp  legal  practitioners,  no  class  of  human 
  beings  can  bear  comparison  with  them  --Macaulay. 
 
  The  miracles  of  our  Lord  and  those  of  the  Old 
  Testament  afford  many  interesting  points  of 
  comparison.  --Trench. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  compared;  a  relative  estimate;  also  a 
  state,  quality,  or  relation,  admitting  of  being  compared; 
  as  to  bring  a  thing  into  comparison  with  another;  there 
  is  no  comparison  between  them 
 
  3.  That  to  which  or  with  which  a  thing  is  compared,  as 
  being  equal  or  like  illustration;  similitude. 
 
  Whereto  shall  we  liken  the  kingdom  of  God?  Or  with 
  what  comparison  shall  we  compare  it?  --Mark  iv  30. 
 
  4.  (Gram.)  The  modification,  by  inflection  or  otherwise, 
  which  the  adjective  and  adverb  undergo  to  denote  degrees 
  of  quality  or  quantity;  as  little,  less  least,  are 
  examples  of  comparison. 
 
  5.  (Rhet.)  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. 
 
  6.  (Phren.)  The  faculty  of  the  reflective  group  which  is 
  supposed  to  perceive  resemblances  and  contrasts. 
 
  {Beyond  comparison},  so  far  superior  as  to  have  no  likeness, 
  or  so  as  to  make  comparison  needless. 
 
  {In  comparison  of},  {In  comparison  with},  as  compared  with 
  in  proportion  to  [Archaic]  ``So  miserably  unpeopled  in 
  comparison  of  what  it  once  was.''  --Addison. 
 
  {Comparison  of  hands}  (Law),  a  mode  of  proving  or  disproving 
  the  genuineness  of  a  signature  or  writing  by  comparing  it 
  with  another  proved  or  admitted  to  be  genuine,  in  order  to 
  ascertain  whether  both  were  written  by  the  same  person. 
  --Bouvier.  --Burrill. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Comparison  \Com*par"i*son\,  v.  t. 
  To  compare.  [Obs.]  --Wyclif. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  comparison 
  n  1:  examining  resemblances  or  differences  [syn:  {comparing}] 
  2:  relation  based  on  similarities  and  differences 
  3:  qualities  that  are  comparable;  "no  comparison  between  the 
  two  books";  "beyond  compare"  [syn:  {compare},  {equivalence}, 
  {comparability}] 




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