What does "teased out" mean in the text below?
Researchers [teased out] the relationships between power levels at different sound frequencies and the various sounds of speech.
- Lord BaconLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
'Tease out' is used in situations where we have to untangle something, getting rid of the knots and twists so we can bring it to a useful state. The expression is also used metaphorically when we are talking about analysis and reasoning to expose a fact.
- Pat WoodenLv 76 months ago
In this sense "teased out" means that they found information through slow, careful, diligent work.
- busterwasmycatLv 76 months ago
to tease out is to gently or precisely manipulate to extract something from a bigger tangle of other things, like getting a splinter out of your hand or undoing a knot in a ball of yarn without destroying the thread. You can get what you are trying to get from the big mess, but you have to be careful and it takes patience and time; probably a lot of frustration before success. Aw I almost had it grrrr.
- choko_canyonLv 76 months ago
Extracted carefully and slowly.
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- RogerLv 76 months ago
"discovered by a careful process" Something that must be "eased out" is something that is not evident but must be discovered through patient, gentle probing.