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.

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, Delia, ladie

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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. Mark Evans:

    She (Venus) becomes the definitive, ideal woman walking down the catwalk, with this kind of dancing attitude.

  2. Mark Koller:

    He was an ideal police officer.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Man is a portrait of chaos. Genetic, philosophical adaptation, in the physiognomy of chaos. 2. Comfort makes people sexless. 3. Evil is a genetic problem of thinking instincts and vices. Consciousness evolves, the revolution of the subconscious and matures from the insight that deepens in the subconscious. 4. Testosterone, estrogen and dopamine are all hormonal optimism, with a decrease in hormones you become realistic, you merge with reality, the whole and eternity itself, the number of desires decreases and there is only one desire for the family. Youth is hormones, dreams and hopes. 5. The voice of the earth, the voice of the world in which we live, which recognizes our pain and our thoughts comprehends the philosophy of chaos through the stormy timing of time, how illusions like pheromones intoxicate us and lead us into nothingness of emptiness. 6. Any illusion, like a whisper of empty hopes, human creations merge together with the eternity of the beauties of nature. The lies of illusions over time are all sophisticated and sophistication leads away from the essence of life. We do not feel the thin string of the philosophy of qi energy, the whisper of intuition, the whisper of conscience, leading to an ideal world. 7. Infinity of life and sociology of immortality in the universal cycles of life of reincarnation. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  4. Robert F. Kennedy:

    It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.

  5. Tom Lehrer:

    The Army has carried the American ... ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability.

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