PRONUNCIATION: (suh-NOP-tik, si-)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to a summary or general view of something.
2. Covering a wide area (as weather conditions).
3. Taking a similar view (as the first three Gospels of the Bible: Matthew, Mark, and Luke).

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek synopsis (general view), from syn- (together) + opsis (view). Earliest documented use: 1764.

GYNOPTIC - from a woman's point of view

SON-OP TIC - spasmodic movements made by experienced submarine crew members

SYNCOPTIC - a strobe light that flashes on the musical off-beats