Definition of gestalt
gestaltenplay \-ˈstäl-tən, -ˈshtäl-, -ˈstȯl-, -ˈshtȯl-\
: something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts When he gets rolling, you're not responding to single jokes—it's the whole gestalt of the movie that's funny. — Pauline Kael; broadly : the general quality or character of something When new employees are recruited fresh out of college and can look forward to working for the same company for 40 years, it changes the gestalt of management. — Brenton R. Schlender … the Old Hollywood gestalt, where daughters adored and romanticized their charismatic, powerful, often unavailable fathers. — Nora Johnson
Examples of gestalt in a Sentence
the gestalt of human consciousness
Recent Examples of gestalt from the Web
So in the gestalt, his films leave compositional rather than human stains on the finished print.
My overall gestalt impression is that the two assistants are pretty evenly matched.
That quick, heady gestalt, that immediate rush, is formal.
The project typifies the Roosegaarde gestalt: technology and social relevance, connectivity and poetry joined together to create a way of experiencing the urban landscape.
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Origin and Etymology of gestalt
German, literally, shape, form
First Known Use: 1922See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of gestalt
: a structure, arrangement, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts
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