Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
accuracy (plural accuracies)
- The state of being accurate; freedom from mistakes, this exemption arising from carefulness; exactness; nicety; correctness
- The value of testimony depends on its accuracy.
1856, Dionysius Lardner, Popular Lectures on Science and Art:
- The efficiency of the instrument will also depend upon the accuracy with which the piston fits the bottom and sides of the barrel. When the piston is depressed to the bottom, it is considered in theory to be in absolute contact, so as to exclude every particle of air from the space between it and the bottom.
1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter VIII”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
- At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
- Exact conformity to truth, or to a rule or model; degree of conformity of a measure to a true or standard value.