1. The separating of something into its components or parts in order to find out what it contains, or to study the structure as a whole. 2. The study of such constituent parts and their interrelationships in making up a whole. 3. A spoken or written presentation of such study.
1. The study of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning. 2. A system of thought based on or involving such study. 3. The study of the theoretical underpinnings of a particular field or discipline: the philosophy of history. 4. An underlying theory or set of ideas relating to a particular field of activity or to life as a whole.