2 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Comprehension \Com'pre*hen"sion\, noun [L. comprehensio: cf. F.
1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising;
In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension
of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the
2. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow
limits; a summary; an epitome. [Obs.]
Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a
comprehension of them. --Chillingworth.
3. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the
power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect;
perception; understanding; as, a comprehension of abstract
4. (Logic) The complement of attributes which make up the
notion signified by a general term.
5. (Rhet.) 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
1: an ability to understand the meaning or importance of
something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you
can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for
his comprehension of American literature" [ant:
2: the relation of comprising something; "he admired the
inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work" [syn: