[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
All_of the jackets carry a fairly technical and detailed explanation of this new recording program .(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
This is not to say that the only explanation of the present infatuation with Norman_Vincent_Peale 's `` cult of reassurance '' or the other types of a purely cultural Christianity is the ever-present need for a demythologized gospel .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
I am certainly not adequately trained to describe or enlarge on human fears , but there are certain features of the fears dispelled by scientific explanations that stand_out quite clearly .
Even in domains where detailed and predictive understanding is still lacking , but where some explanations are possible , as with lightning and weather and earthquakes , the appropriate kind of human_action has been more adequately indicated .
Apparently the population as_a_whole eventually acquires enough confidence in the explanations of the scientists to modify its procedures and its fears .
[ noun ] (psychology) thought that makes something comprehensible
Used in print(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)
Welmers has suggested one explanation .
A second explanation is suggested by the material described in Rowlands ' paper .(Allan J. Braff and Roger F. Miller, "Wage-Price...)
Wage price policies of industry are the result of a complex of forces - no single explanation has been found which applies to all cases .
While there may be several such industries to which the model of this paper is applicable , the authors make particular claim of relevance to the explanation of the course of wages and prices in the steel industry of the United_States since World_War_2 , .
Indeed , the apparent stiffening of the industry 's attitude in the recent steel strike has a direct explanation in_terms_of the model here presented .