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adjective in·te·gral \ˈin-ti-grəl (usually so in mathematics); in-ˈte-grəl also -ˈtē- also ÷ˈin-trə-gəl\

Simple Definition of integral

  • : very important and necessary

Full Definition of integral

  1. 1 a :  essential to completeness :  constituent <an integral part of the curriculum> b (1) :  being, containing, or relating to one or more mathematical integers (2) :  relating to or concerned with mathematical integration or the results of mathematical integration c :  formed as a unit with another part <a seat with integral headrest>

  2. 2 :  composed of constituent parts

  3. 3 :  lacking nothing essential :  entire

in·te·gral·i·ty play \ˌin-tə-ˈgra-lə-tē\ noun
in·te·gral·ly play \ˈin-ti-grə-lē; in-ˈte-grə- also -ˈtē-\ adverb

Examples of integral

  1. I do know that shoot-'em-ups (and saw-'em-ups) are likely to remain part of our lives, and that suggests a depressing idea: Maybe the love of violence is an integral part of human nature… —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, 12 Oct. 2007

  2. Stuffed with peanut butter, celery is the quintessential after-school snack; diced, it provides an essential crunch to chicken and potato salads; buttered up, it is an integral part of Thanksgiving stuffing. —Sara Dickerman, New York Times Magazine, 3 Sept. 2006

  3. Sitting out on the grass … watching the freight trains roll by on the levee at two in the morning, drinking a beer and listening to the music drifting out of the club, is an integral part of the whole experience. —Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2005

  4. She had become an integral part of their lives.

  5. <a car dealer respected for his integral honesty and straightforwardness with customers>

Origin of integral

(see integer)

First Known Use: 1551



noun in·te·gral \ˈin-ti-grəl (usually so in mathematics); in-ˈte-grəl also -ˈtē- also ÷ˈin-trə-gəl\

Definition of integral

  1. :  the result of a mathematical integration — compare definite integral, indefinite integral

Examples of integral

  1. The main tools used in the study of these functions are those we have already discussed: representation as integrals, power-series expansions, and differential equations. —Robert S. Strichartz, The Way of Analysis, 2000

Origin of integral

(see integer)

First Known Use: circa 1741

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