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1. a dissertation resulting from original research, esp when submitted by a candidate for a degree or diploma
2. a subject for a discussion or essay
3. an unproved statement, esp one put forward as a premise in an argument
4. Music the downbeat of a bar, as indicated in conducting
5. (in classical prosody) the syllable or part of a metrical foot not receiving the ictus
6. Philosophy the first stage in the Hegelian dialectic, that is challenged by the antithesis
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a sheet engraved with a text of a theological or philosophical nature (the thesis proper) accompanied by depictions of the saints or historical personages to whom the thesis was dedicated. Especially popular in the late baroque period, such engravings were also executed in Russia by I. F. Zubov and others in the early 18th century.

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The critical analysis of a theory or theories is particularly essential in a PhD thesis. In this process you may come across four types of situations in your thesis i.e.
His PhD thesis titled "Efficiently Processing Proximity Based Spatial Queries" is a collection of eight of his best publications including four top-tier conference papers and four top-tier journal papers.
The aim of his PhD thesis was to confirm these hereditary blood diseases prevalence ratio using molecular genetics methods.
Coffman does not cite Frederick Jones's 1971 PhD thesis (Cambridge) on Feild, nor any of his numerous articles, including an entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (DCB).
These transformations--at now they are known as the Tangherlini transformations--were deduced in 1958 while Frank Robert Tangherlini worked on his PhD thesis, and were the main part of the thesis.
Generalization of the Gauss Quadrature Formulae, "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of applied mathematics, Chair of Numerical and Statistical Computing, Scientific essay in the framework of the PhD thesis "Contributions to the study of the linear approximation methods", under the supervision of Prof.
May I say that I argued in my PhD thesis ('Respect - A Caribbean British Theology', Sheffield University 2003) and in a book (Respect - Understanding Caribbean British Christianity) being published in December by Epworth Press, that terms such as 'African Caribbean' are inadequate because they do not locate the people so named in this country.
Markoff, Measurement of the Parity Nonconserving Spin-Rotation of Transmitted Cold Neutrons Through a Liquid Helium Target, PhD thesis, University of Washington (1997).
CURRENTLY ENGAGED in writing a PhD thesis, I need to take time out to allow my thoughts and the material I am working with to reconfigure and generate new ideas.
Stephen has a degree in chemistry and polymer science and his PhD thesis focused on 'The extensional flow of polymer solutions'.
Nell Elliot managed to convince his superiors to approve a PhD thesis in the spirituality of snowboarding.
He is putting the finishing touches to his PhD thesis, which is a study of the case of nature-based tourism and international environmental issues.