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

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

  2. idealnoun

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

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

  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.

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

  4. idealadjective

    Optimal; being the best possibility.

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

  5. idealadjective

    Perfect, flawless, having no defects.

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

  6. idealadjective

    Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.

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

  7. idealadjective

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

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

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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  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. 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.

  2. Yukari Sasaki:

    Converting an office building into a hotel is an ideal way to respond to the immediate needs for hotel rooms, building a hotel from scratch costs too much money now because of high construction costs.

  3. Andrew Gerber:

    The space was ideal if someone wanted to come in and use it for COVID, this is a time where you have to be flexible and think outside the box.

  4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil:

    What a time experiences as evil, is usually an untimely echo of what was formerly experienced as good--the atavism of a more ancient ideal.

  5. Paul Monzambe:

    For the fight against malnutrition, this is an ideal food, the crisis is such that we must think now of all possible approaches.

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