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a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary
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(1) A collection of various facts, materials, and articles on some issue, most often arranged chronologically. The term is applied mainly to historical works.

(2) In Russian, a term used in theological writings to designate a collection of excerpts of sermons, exegeses of the Scriptures, and other works by ecclesiastical writers; also, a brief account of such texts.

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In taxonomy, a brief summary of current knowledge about a taxon.
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Whether Parini is looking over Faulkner's shoulder as Bill reads Swinburne and Joyce and the Russians and the French, before the Parisians start to read him--Albert Camus would actually adapt Requiem for a Nun for the French stage--or watching him write the screenplay in which Bacall teaches Bogart how to whistle; or sitting still for the IV feed and the oxygen tent; or peeling off masks of outcast, bohemian, poet, drunk, and rogue; or parsing the related themes of "the loss of community, the degradation of nature, the impact of raw capitalism, the lure and destructiveness of class and racial divisions, Puritan obsessiveness, the waste of war"; or synopsizing each of the novels; or logging every globe trot, Parini's motor always hums.
This report is an indicator summary, synopsizing the state of education, monitoring important developments, and showing trends in major aspects of education.
I hope not to do him a disservice by synopsizing the first two lectures.
For example, "From Detente to Debt Crisis, 1968-1988" (Chapter Six) begins by synopsizing the curious tale of Eugene Hasenfus.
In a small case, getting an oral opinion from a treating doctor over the telephone, synopsizing the opinion on paper, and having the expert sign a copy of your synopsis is a cost-saving device and an expeditious way of advising your adversary about the expert's proposed testimony.