accurate vs precise : Common Errors in English

About accurate vs precise

&In ordinary usage, “accurate” and “precise” are often used as roughsynonyms, but scientists like to distinguish between them. Someone couldsay that a snake is over a meter long and be accurate (the snake reallydoes exceed one meter in length), but that is not a precise measurement.To be precise, the measurement would have to be more exact: the snake is1.23 meters long. The same distinction applies in scientific contexts tothe related words “accuracy” and “precision.”

accurate Meaning(s)

  • (a) conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
  • (s) (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct

precise Meaning(s)

  • (a) sharply exact or accurate or delimited
  • (s) (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct

accurate in News

  1. Clarification

    The Townsman always seeks to be accurate in its news coverage, but when we make a mistake, we want to know. Readers noting mistakes in stories are encouraged to call Editor Sonya Vartabedian at 978-475-7000, ext. 8733. To clarify a story in the Jun
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Andover Townsman

  2. How Accurate Are Fitness Trackers?

    Activity monitors accurately measured energy expenditure when volunteers walked briskly but were far less reliable in tracking the energy costs of light-intensity activities like standing or cleaning.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Phys Ed: How Accurate Are Fitness Trackers?

    Activity monitors accurately measured energy expenditure when volunteers walked briskly but were far less reliable in tracking the energy costs of light-intensity activities like standing or cleaning.        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

precise in News

  1. Symantec hit with layoffs

    The company's fix-it plan has been known publicly for months, while the precise head count of those losing their jobs remains a mystery.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. Light-carved 'nano-volcanoes' hold promise for drug delivery

    Researchers have developed a method for creating "nano-volcanoes" by shining various colors of light through a nanoscale "crystal ball" made of a synthetic polymer. These nano-volcanoes can store precise amounts of other materials and hold promise for new drug-delivery technologies.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Science Daily

  3. Xactware Unveils New Version of XactPRM

    Faster, easier, and more precise estimating for the maintenance and repair of foreclosed properties OREM, Utah - Xactware has released the latest version of XactPRMTM, a cloud-based application that makes ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Accesswire via Yahoo! Finance

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