ac·cu·rate /ˈækjərət, ˈæk(ə)rət/
1. In exact or careful conformity to truth, or to some standard of requirement, the result of care or pains; free from failure, error, or defect; exact; as, an accurate calculator; an accurate measure; accurate expression, knowledge, etc.
2. Precisely fixed; executed with care; careful. [Obs.]
Those conceive the celestial bodies have more accurate influences upon these things below. --Bacon.
Syn: -- Correct; exact; just; nice; particular.
Usage: -- Accurate, Correct, Exact, Precise. We speak of a thing as correct with reference to some rule or standard of comparison; as, a correct account, a correct likeness, a man of correct deportment. We speak of a thing as accurate with reference to the care bestowed upon its execution, and the increased correctness to be expected therefrom; as, an accurate statement, an accurate detail of particulars. We speak of a thing as exact with reference to that perfected state of a thing in which there is no defect and no redundance; as, an exact coincidence, the exact truth, an exact likeness. We speak of a thing as precise when we think of it as strictly conformed to some rule or model, as if cut down thereto; as a precise conformity instructions; precisely right; he was very precise in giving his directions.
adj 1: conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a
standard or performing with total accuracy; "an
accurate reproduction"; "the accounting was accurate";
"accurate measurements"; "an accurate scale" [ant: inaccurate]
2: (of ideas, images, representations, expressions)
characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ;
strictly correct; "a precise image"; "a precise
measurement" [syn: exact, precise]