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ideal meaning

EN[-iːəl] [aɪˈdɪəl] [aɪˈdiː.əl]
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    Definition of ideal in English Dictionary

  • NounPLidealsSUF-eal
    1. A perfect standard of beauty, intellect etc., or a standard of excellence to aim at.
      1. 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. (mathematics, order theory) A non-empty lower set (of a partially ordered set) which is closed under binary suprema (a.k.a. joins).
      1. If (1) the empty set were called a "small" set, and (2) any subset of a "small" set were also a "small" set, and (3) the union of any pair of "small" sets were also a "small" set, then the set of all "small" sets would form an ideal.
    3. (for example, algebra) A subring closed under multiplication by its containing ring.
      1. Let be the ring of integers and let be its ideal of even integers. Then the quotient ring is a Boolean ring.
      2. The product of two ideals and is an ideal which is a subset of the intersection of and . This should help to understand why maximal ideals are prime ideals. Likewise, the union of and is a subset of .
  • AdjectiveCOMmore idealSUPmost ideal
    1. Optimal; being the best possibility.
      1. Perfect, flawless, having no defects.
        1. Pertaining to ideas, or to a given idea.
          1. Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.
            1. Teaching or relating to the doctrine of idealism.
              1. the ideal theory or philosophy
            2. (mathematics) Not actually present, but considered as present when limits at infinity are included.
              1. ideal point
              2. An ideal triangle in the hyperbolic disk is one bounded by three geodesics that meet precisely on the circle.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • Warnock admitted it would be the ideal scenario if he received a Carling Cup winners' medal as well as an England call-up  [ …] .
              • The ideal CIO must be both "a technocrat and a businesscrat at the same time," says Jerre Stead, chief executive officer at Square D Co., an electronics manufacturer in Palatine, Ill.
              • This family friendly paradise - with its giant snow slides, outdoor amphitheatre, and traditional winter activities - is the ideal destination for the young and old alike.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Adjectives
              • Nouns
                • Countable nouns
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              1. en ideals
              2. en idealist
              3. en idealized
              4. en ideally
              5. en idealize
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              Grammatically, this word "ideal" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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