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Explanation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    explanation n
  1. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account" [syn: account]
  2. thought that makes something comprehensible
  3. the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"
Explanation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Explanation \Ex`pla*na"tion\, n. [L. explanatio: cf. OF. esplanation.]
  1. The act of explaining, expounding, or interpreting; the act of clearing from obscurity and making intelligible; as, the explanation of a passage in Scripture, or of a contract or treaty.
  2. That which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation.
  3. The meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense. Different explanations [of the Trinity]. --Bp. Burnet.
  4. A mutual exposition of terms, meaning, or motives, with a view to adjust a misunderstanding, and reconcile differences; reconciliation; agreement; as, to come to an explanation. Syn: Definition; description; explication; exposition; interpretation; detail. See Definition.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Explanation'

An explanation is a set of statements constructed to describe a set of facts which clarifies the causes, context, and consequences of those facts.

This description may establish rules or laws, and may clarify the existing ones in relation to any objects, or phenomena examined. The components of an explanation can be implicit, and be interwoven with one another.

An explanation is often underpinned by an understanding that is represented by different media such as music, text, and graphics. Thus, an explanation is subjected to interpretation, and discussion.

In scientific research, explanation is one of the purposes of research, e.g., exploration and description. Explanation is a way to uncover new knowledge, and to report relationships among different aspects of studied phenomena.

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'Explanation' in famous quotation sentence

* There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms. - George Eliot

* There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish to bewail it senseless. - W. Somerset Maugham

* Scientists are the easiest to fool. They think in straight, predictable, directable, and therefore misdirectable, lines. The only world they know is the one where everything has a logical explanation and things are what they appear to be. Children and conjurors - they terrify me. Scientists are no problem against them I feel quite confident. - James P. Hogan

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Explanation Sample Sentences in News

  • FIFA asks arrested finance watchdog member for explanation
    FIFA has asked for an explanation from a member of its financial watchdog who was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering in the Cayman Islands. Canover Watson, one of eight members of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee and a vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union, has denied the charges and been released on bail in the British overse Read more on this news related to 'Explanation'
  • Your teacher was wrong about volcanoes, new study says
    Textbooks have long offered students an explanation of volcanoes that's totally wrong—or so say scientists who are offering a very different theory, Caltech reports. Read more on this news related to 'Explanation'
  • China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe
    A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company Read more on this news related to 'Explanation'

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