Figure Name synthesis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Trebizond 61v-62r ("compositio"); Sherry (1550) 38; JG Smith (1665) ("synthesis"); De Mille (1882)("analysis and synthesis"); Holmes (1806) ("synthesis"); Waddy (1889)
Earliest Source None
Synonyms compositio, analysis and synthesis
Etymology Gk., "composition"
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. An apt arrangement of a composition, especially regarding the sounds of adjoining syllables and words. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Composition: a figure of construction, whereby a noune collective singular is joyned to a verb plural, &c.; SYNTHESIS, Compositio, Composition, or a joyning together; derived from [syntithemi] compono, to compose or put together. It is a construction made for significations sake, or a speech congruous in sense, not in voyce. It is a figure of construction, whereby a Noun collective singular is joyned to a Verb plural. Of others it is also called a figure whereby two words are joyned into one by a sign of union. Sometimes it is made in gender only, Or for supplements sake, Sometimes it is made both in gender and number. (JG Smith)

Two processes are observable here-analysis and synthesis. Analysis is the separation of the subject-matter into its subordinate parts; synthesis is the reconstruction of these, by which they are put together and built up into a new and orderly form. (De Mille)

4. A Synthesis, not words but sense respects; For whose sake oft' it strictest rules rejects. (Holmes)

5. Synthesis is the process of combining separate statements into a single sentence. (Waddy)


2. The tempest-tossed Seas.

The earth-incircling Ocean.

The Green-mantled Earth.

A Heaven-faln star.

A Rock-rending whirlwinde.

Marble-hearted cruelty. (JG Smith)

4. The multitude rushes, or rush, upon me. (Holmes)

Kind Of Symmetry
Part Of
Related Figures
Notes Unsure of 'type of'. Entered by Ashwini.
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Samantha Price
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes Type of symmetry? Perhaps a type of Series -Nike
Reviewed No