gestalt

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noun ge·stalt \gə-ˈstält, -ˈshtält, -ˈstȯlt, -ˈshtȯlt\

Definition of gestalt

plural

gestalts

also

gestalten

play \-ˈstäl-tən, -ˈshtäl-, -ˈstȯl-, -ˈshtȯl-\
  1. :  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

  1. the gestalt of human consciousness

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Origin and Etymology of gestalt

German, literally, shape, form


Medical Dictionary

gestalt

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noun ge·stalt \gə-ˈs(h)tält, -ˈs(h)tȯlt\

Medical Definition of gestalt

plural

gestalten

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gestalts

  1. :  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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