pré·cis (prāsē, prā-sē)
n. pl. pré·cis (prāsēz, prā-sēz)
A concise summary of a book, article, or other text; an abstract.
tr.v. précised, précis·ing, précis·es
To make a précis of.
[French, from Old French precis, condensed; see PRECISE.]
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.