What does ideal mean?

Definitions for ideal
aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdilide·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idealnoun

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

  2. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuchadjective

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

  3. idealadjective

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

  4. idealadjective

    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, idealisticadjective

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

Wiktionary

  1. idealnoun

    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. idealnoun

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

  3. idealnoun

    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. idealadjective

    Optimal; being the best possibility.

  5. idealadjective

    Perfect, flawless, having no defects.

  6. idealadjective

    Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.

  7. idealadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Idealadjective

    Mental; intellectual; not perceived by the senses.

    Etymology: from idea.

    There is a two-fold knowledge of material things; one real, when the thing, and the real impression thereof on our senses, is perceived; the other ideal, when the image or idea of a thing, absent in itself, is represented to and considered on the imagination. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

Wikipedia

  1. IDEAL

    iDEAL is an e-commerce payment system used in the Netherlands, based on online banking. Introduced in 2005, this payment method allows customers to buy on the Internet using direct online transfers from their bank account. iDEAL remains by far the most popular method for online payments in the Netherlands, well beyond credit card use, and was used for 54% of all Dutch online payments in 2014. The service processed 4.5 million transfers in 2006, 15 million transfers in 2007, 28 million transfers in 2008, 45.4 million in 2009, 68.8 million in 2010, 93.8 million in 2011, 117.2 million in 2012, 142.5 million in 2013, 180.2 million in 2014, 222 million in 2015, 282 million in 2016 and in 2019 655 million transactions. iDEAL is owned by the Dutch organization Currence, which also owned PIN and Chipknip. As of April 2016, the total amount of payments exceeded one billion.The participating banks in iDEAL are ABN AMRO, ASN Bank, bunq, ING Bank, Knab, Rabobank, RegioBank, Revolut, SNS, Svenska Handelsbanken, Triodos Bank, Van Lanschot and De Volksbank. Together, they serve the vast majority of the Dutch online banking market.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idealadjective

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

  2. Idealadjective

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

  3. Idealadjective

    existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal

  4. Idealadjective

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

  5. Idealadjective

    imaginary

  6. Idealnoun

    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

  2. Delia

  3. ladie

  4. adiel

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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

Examples of ideal in a Sentence

  1. Bertrand Russell:

    Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.

  2. Jamie Boswell:

    Very busy to rebook. Not ideal with a one-year-old.

  3. Robert Scheidt:

    I agree conditions are not ideal but I think they are not going to take something from the competition, we need to get the water a little bit cleaner but last year we did a test event and there was no big problem.

  4. Valentin Mendoza:

    Where is the ideal point where you can keep growing without cannibalizing the sales you already have?

  5. Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

    Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.

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