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ideal


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ideal  \I*de"al\,  a.  [L.  idealis:  cf  F.  id['e]al.] 
  1.  Existing  in  idea  or  thought;  conceptional;  intellectual; 
  mental;  as  ideal  knowledge. 
 
  2.  Reaching  an  imaginary  standard  of  excellence;  fit  for  a 
  model;  faultless;  as  ideal  beauty.  --Byron. 
 
  There  will  always  be  a  wide  interval  between 
  practical  and  ideal  excellence.  --Rambler. 
 
  3.  Existing  in  fancy  or  imagination  only;  visionary;  unreal. 
  ``Planning  ideal  common  wealth.''  --Southey. 
 
  4.  Teaching  the  doctrine  of  idealism;  as  the  ideal  theory  or 
  philosophy. 
 
  5.  (Math.)  Imaginary. 
 
  Syn:  Intellectual;  mental;  visionary;  fanciful;  imaginary; 
  unreal;  impracticable;  utopian. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ideal  \I*de"al\,  n. 
  A  mental  conception  regarded  as  a  standard  of  perfection;  a 
  model  of  excellence,  beauty,  etc 
 
  The  ideal  is  to  be  attained  by  selecting  and  assembling 
  in  one  whole  the  beauties  and  perfections  which  are 
  usually  seen  in  different  individuals,  excluding 
  everything  defective  or  unseemly,  so  as  to  form  a  type 
  or  model  of  the  species.  Thus  the  Apollo  Belvedere  is 
  the  ideal  of  the  beauty  and  proportion  of  the  human 
  frame.  --Fleming. 
 
  {Beau  ideal}.  See  {Beau  ideal}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ideal 
  adj  1:  conforming  to  an  ultimate  standard  of  perfection  or 
  excellence;  embodying  an  ideal 
  2:  represented  in  the  abstract  rather  than  as  they  really  are 
  [syn:  {idealistic}] 
  3:  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" 
  4:  of  or  relating  to  the  philosophical  doctrine  of  the  reality 
  of  ideas  [syn:  {idealistic}] 
  n  1:  the  idea  of  something  that  is  perfect;  something  that  one 
  hopes  to  attain 
  2:  model  of  excellence  or  perfection  of  a  kind  one  having  no 
  equal  [syn:  {paragon},  {nonpareil},  {saint},  {apotheosis}, 
  {nonesuch},  {nonsuch}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Ideal,  GA  (city,  FIPS  40812) 
  Location:  32.37277  N,  84.18891  W 
  Population  (1990):  554  (176  housing  units) 
  Area:  3.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  31041 
  Ideal,  SD 
  Zip  code(s):  57541 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  ideal 
 
    In  {domain  theory},  a  non-empty,  {downward  closed} 
  subset  which  is  also  closed  under  binary  {least  upper  bounds}. 
  I.e.  anything  less  than  an  element  is  also  an  element  and  the 
  least  upper  bound  of  any  two  elements  is  also  an  element. 
 
  (1997-09-26) 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  IDEAL 
 
  1.  Ideal  DEductive  Applicative  Language.  A  language  by  Pier 
  Bosco  and  Elio  Giovannetti  combining  {Miranda}  and  {Prolog}. 
  Function  definitions  can  have  a  {guard}  condition  (introduced 
  by  ":-")  which  is  a  conjunction  of  equalities  between 
  arbitrary  terms,  including  functions.  These  guards  are  solved 
  by  normal  {Prolog}  {resolution}  and  {unification}.  It  was 
  originally  compiled  into  {C-Prolog}  but  was  eventually  to  be 
  compiled  to  {K-leaf}. 
 
  2.  A  numerical  {constraint}  language  written  by  Van  Wyk  of 
  {Stanford}  in  1980  for  {typesetting}  graphics  in  documents. 
  It  was  inspired  partly  by  {Metafont}  and  is  distributed  as 
  part  of  {Troff}. 
 
  ["A  High-Level  Language  for  Specifying  Pictures",  C.J.  Van 
  Wyk,  ACM  Trans  Graphics  1(2):163-182  (Apr  1982)]. 
 
  (1994-12-15) 
 
 




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