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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Proximate  \Prox"i*mate\,  a.  [L.  proximatus  p.  p.  of  proximare 
  to  come  near  to  approach,  fr  proximus  the  nearest,  nest, 
  superl.  of  propior  nearer,  and  prope,  adv.,  near.] 
  Nearest;  next  immediately  preceding  or  following.  ``Proximate 
  ancestors.''  --J.  S.  Harford. 
  The  proximate  natural  causes  of  it  [the  deluge].  --T. 
  {Proximate  analysis}  (Chem.),  an  analysis  which  determines 
  the  proximate  principles  of  any  substance,  as  contrasted 
  with  an  ultimate  analysis. 
  {Proximate  cause}. 
  a  A  cause  which  immediately  precedes  and  produces  the 
  effect,  as  distinguished  from  the  remote,  mediate,  or 
  predisposing  cause  --I.  Watts. 
  b  That  which  in  ordinary  natural  sequence  produces  a 
  specific  result,  no  independent  disturbing  agencies 
  {Proximate  principle}  (Physiol.  Chem.),  one  of  a  class  of 
  bodies  existing  ready  formed  in  animal  and  vegetable 
  tissues,  and  separable  by  chemical  analysis,  as  albumin, 
  sugar,  collagen,  fat,  etc 
  Syn:  Nearest;  next  closest;  immediate;  direct. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Analysis  \A*nal"y*sis\,  n.;  pl  {Analyses}.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  ?  to 
  unloose,  to  dissolve,  to  resolve  into  its  elements;  ?  up  +  ? 
  to  loose.  See  {Loose}.] 
  1.  A  resolution  of  anything  whether  an  object  of  the  senses 
  or  of  the  intellect,  into  its  constituent  or  original 
  elements;  an  examination  of  the  component  parts  of  a 
  subject,  each  separately,  as  the  words  which  compose  a 
  sentence,  the  tones  of  a  tune,  or  the  simple  propositions 
  which  enter  into  an  argument.  It  is  opposed  to 
  2.  (Chem.)  The  separation  of  a  compound  substance,  by 
  chemical  processes,  into  its  constituents,  with  a  view  to 
  ascertain  either  a  what  elements  it  contains,  or  b  how 
  much  of  each  element  is  present.  The  former  is  called 
  {qualitative},  and  the  latter  {quantitative  analysis}. 
  3.  (Logic)  The  tracing  of  things  to  their  source,  and  the 
  resolving  of  knowledge  into  its  original  principles. 
  4.  (Math.)  The  resolving  of  problems  by  reducing  the 
  conditions  that  are  in  them  to  equations. 
  a  A  syllabus,  or  table  of  the  principal  heads  of  a 
  discourse,  disposed  in  their  natural  order 
  b  A  brief,  methodical  illustration  of  the  principles  of 
  a  science.  In  this  sense  it  is  nearly  synonymous  with 
  6.  (Nat.  Hist.)  The  process  of  ascertaining  the  name  of  a 
  species,  or  its  place  in  a  system  of  classification,  by 
  means  of  an  analytical  table  or  key. 
  {Ultimate},  {Proximate},  {Qualitative},  {Quantitative},  and 
  {Volumetric  analysis}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Ultimate}, 
  {Proximate},  {Qualitative},  etc 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  closest  in  degree  or  order  (space  or  time)  especially  in  a 
  chain  of  causes  and  effects;  "news  of  his  proximate 
  arrival";  "interest  in  proximate  rather  than  ultimate 
  goals"  [ant:  {ultimate}] 
  2:  very  close  in  space  or  time;  "proximate  words";  "proximate 

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