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  1. an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A mental image or picture; a conception of what ought to be; an abstract principle; opinion; belief; plan; a general notion; an impression. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A mental image or concept of something not present in space. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. Thought; image in the mind; mind-picture. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  16. An image of a thing formed by the mind: a notion: thought: opinion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. mental image; notion; opinion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. A mental image; conception; notion; plan; supposition; impression. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. An image or a conception of a thing in the mind; a notion; a thought; an impression; an opinion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. A notion; that which is seen or conceived by the mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. [=i]-d[=e]'a, n. an image of an external object formed by the mind: a notion, thought, any product of intellectual action--of memory and imagination: an archetype of the manifold varieties of existence in the universe, belonging to the supersensible world, where reality is found and where God is (Platonic); one of the three products of the reason (the Soul, the Universe, and God) transcending the conceptions of the understanding--transcendental ideas, in the functions of mind concerned with the unification of existence (Kantian); the ideal realised, the absolute truth of which everything that exists is the expression (Hegelian).--adjs. ID[=E]'AED, ID[=E]'A'D, provided with an idea or ideas; ID[=E]'AL, existing in idea: mental: existing in imagination only: the highest and best conceivable, the perfect, as opposed to the real, the imperfect.--n. the highest conception of anything.--adj. ID[=E]'ALESS.--n. IDEALIS[=A]'TION, act of forming an idea, or of raising to the highest conception.--v.t. ID[=E]'ALISE, to form an idea: to raise to the highest conception.--v.i. to form ideas.--ns. ID[=E]'AL[=I]SER; ID[=E]'ALISM, the doctrine that in external perceptions the objects immediately known are ideas, that all reality is in its nature psychical: any system that considers thought or the idea as the ground either of knowledge or existence: tendency towards the highest conceivable perfection, love for or search after the best and highest: the imaginative treatment of subjects; ID[=E]'ALIST, one who holds the doctrine of idealism, one who strives after the ideal: an unpractical person.--adj. IDEALIST'IC, pertaining to idealists or to idealism.--n. IDEAL'ITY, ideal state: ability and disposition to form ideals of beauty and perfection.--adv. ID[=E]'ALLY, in an ideal manner: mentally.--n. ID[=E]'ALOGUE, one given to ideas: a theorist.--v.i. ID[=E]'ATE, to form ideas.--adj. produced by an idea.--n. the correlative or object of an idea.--n. IDE[=A]'TION, the power of the mind for forming ideas: the exercise of such power.--adjs. IDE[=A]'TIONAL, ID[=E]'ATIVE. [L.,--Gr. idea--idein, to see.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. The image or representation of an object in the mind. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  23. Archetype, pattern, as distinguished from its realization in individuals; (Platonic) eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies; conception, plan, of thing to be aimed at, created, &c.; plan of action; notion conceived by the mind; way of thinking; vague belief, fancy, as the i. of his doing such a thing, I had no i. you were there; (Descartes, Locke) immediate object of thought or mental perception; (Kant) conception of reason transcending all experience. Hence idea\'d, ideaed, idealess, aa. [late Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. A reproduction with a more or less complete image of an object not actually present to the senses. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  25. n. [Greek] The image or picture formed by the mind of any thing external, whether sensible or spiritual;—any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought;—a belief, doctrine, or opinion;—the complete conception of an object in its necessary elements, constituents, and relations;—one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have existed from eternity in the mind of the Deity. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. Mental imagination. Complete Dictionary

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