1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.
In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the Old. --Hooker.
2. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome. [Obs.]
Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a comprehension of them. --Chillingworth.
3. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect; perception; understanding; as, a comprehension of abstract principles.
4. Logic The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.
5. Rhet. A figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.
n 1: an ability to understand the meaning or importance of
something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how
you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was
famous for his comprehension of American literature"
2: the relation of comprising something; "he admired the
inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work" [syn: inclusion]