1. The act of explaining, expounding, or interpreting; the act of clearing from obscurity and making intelligible; as, the explanation of a passage in Scripture, or of a contract or treaty.
2. That which explains or makes clear; as, a satisfactory explanation.
3. The meaning attributed to anything by one who explains it; definition; interpretation; sense.
Different explanations [of the Trinity]. --Bp. Burnet.
4. A mutual exposition of terms, meaning, or motives, with a view to adjust a misunderstanding, and reconcile differences; reconciliation; agreement; as, to come to an explanation.
Syn: -- Definition; description; explication; exposition; interpretation; detail. See Definition.
n 1: a statement that makes something comprehensible by
describing the relevant structure or operation or
circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple";
"I expected a brief account" [syn: account]
2: thought that makes something comprehensible
3: the act of explaining; making something plain or
intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"