# integral

in·​te·​gral | \ˈin-ti-grəl(usu so in mathematics); in-ˈte-grəl also -ˈtē- also nonstandard ˈin-trə-gəl \

## Definition of integral

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : composed of constituent parts

3 : lacking nothing essential : entire

integral

noun
in·​te·​gral | \ˈin-ti-grəl(usu so in mathematics); in-ˈte-grəl also -ˈtē- also nonstandard ˈin-trə-gəl\

Definition of integral (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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## Other Words from integral

integrality \ ˌin-​tə-​ˈgra-​lə-​tē \ noun
integrally \ ˈin-​ti-​grə-​lē ; in-​ˈte-​grə-​ also  -​ˈtē-​ \ adverb

## Examples of integral in a Sentence

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Noun

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

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## First Known Use of integral

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

## History and Etymology for integral

see integer

Noun

see integer

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## The first known use of integral was in 1551

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## English Language Learners Definition of integral

: very important and necessary

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in·​te·​gral | \ˈin-ti-grəl \

## Kids Definition of integral

: very important and necessary : needed to make something complete an integral part

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