Meaning of explanation

ex•pla•na•tion

Pronunciation: (ek"splu-nā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of explaining.
  2. something that explains; a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition: an explanation of a poem.
  3. a meaning or interpretation: to find an explanation for a mystery.
  4. a mutual declaration of the meaning of words spoken, actions, motives, etc., with a view to adjusting a misunderstanding or reconciling differences: After a long and emotional explanation they were friends again.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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