What does ideal mean?

Definitions for idealaɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ideal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ideal(noun)

    the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain

  2. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch(adj)

    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

  3. ideal(adj)

    conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal

  4. ideal(adj)

    constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception

    "a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"

  5. ideal, idealistic(adj)

    of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

Wiktionary

  1. ideal(Noun)

    A perfect standard of beauty, intellect etc., or a standard of excellence to aim at.

    Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny - Carl Schurz

  2. ideal(Noun)

    A non-empty lower set (of a partially ordered set) which is closed under binary suprema (a.k.a. joins).

  3. ideal(Noun)

    A subring closed under multiplication by its containing ring.

    Let uE00025117uE001 be the ring of integers and let uE00025118uE001 be its ideal of even integers. Then the quotient ring uE00025119uE001 is a Boolean ring.

  4. ideal(Adjective)

    Optimal; being the best possibility.

  5. ideal(Adjective)

    Perfect, flawless, having no defects.

  6. ideal(Adjective)

    Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.

  7. ideal(Adjective)

    Not actually present, but considered as present when limits at infinity are included.

  8. Origin: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideal(adj)

    existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge

  2. Ideal(adj)

    reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty

  3. Ideal(adj)

    existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal

  4. Ideal(adj)

    teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy

  5. Ideal(adj)

    imaginary

  6. Ideal(noun)

    a mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc

Freebase

  1. Ideal

    Ideal was one of the more successful German Neue Deutsche Welle music groups. It is best known for the songs "Blaue Augen", "Berlin", and "Monotonie".

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. ideal

    1. The dreams of a sin to come. 2. The mirage of failure. 3. The venom of the lost. 4. An excuse for murder, tyranny or for self-aggrandizement. 5. Any theory that justifies our secret itch.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2208

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2595

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Nouns Frequency: #2086

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Adjectives Frequency: #286

Anagrams for ideal »

  1. ailed, Delia, ladie

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sergey Lavrov:

    Everyone understands that there isn't an ideal truce and an ideal regime of ceasing fire.

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.

  3. President François Hollande:

    Three Americans and one Englishman ... you risked your lives to defend an ideal, the ideal of liberty and freedom.

  4. Alain:

    When I was a young man I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her but, alas, she was waiting for the ideal man.

  5. Ben Carson:

    There's so many people who think the ideal for everybody is to come to America and be resettled here but that is not the ideal for everybody.

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