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integration

## integration

```  3  definitions  found

From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]:

Integration  \In`te*gra"tion\,  n.  [L.  integratio  a  renewing,
restoring:  cf  F.  int['e]gration.]
1.  The  act  or  process  of  making  whole  or  entire.

2.  (Math.)  The  operation  of  finding  the  primitive  function
which  has  a  given  function  for  its  differential
coefficient.  See  {Integral}.

Note:  The  symbol  of  integration  is  [integral2l]  (standing  for
the  Latin  summa  sum),  and  the  integral  is  also  regarded
as  the  limiting  value  of  the  sum  of  great  numbers  of
differentials,  when  the  magnitude  of  the  differentials
decreases,  and  their  number  increases  indefinitely.  See
{Limit},  n.  When  the  summation  is  made  between
specified  values  of  the  variable,  the  result  is  a
definite  integral,  and  those  values  of  the  variable  are
the  limits  of  the  integral.  When  the  summation  is  made
successively  for  two  or  more  variables,  the  result  is  a
{multiple  integral}.

3.  In  the  theory  of  evolution:  The  process  by  which  the
manifold  is  compacted  into  the  relatively  simple  and
permanent.  It  is  supposed  to  alternate  with
differentiation  as  an  agent  in  development.

From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]:

integration
n  1:  the  action  of  incorporating  a  racial  or  religious  group  into
a  community  [syn:  {integrating},  {desegregation}]  [ant:
{segregation}]
2:  the  act  of  combining  into  an  integral  whole  [syn:  {consolidation}]
3:  an  operation  used  in  the  calculus  whereby  the  integral  of  a
function  is  determined

From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]:

integration

Combining  software  or  hardware  components  or
both  into  an  overall  system.

(1996-05-22)

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