integral

adjective
in·​te·​gral | \ ˈin-ti-grəl (usu so in mathematics) How to pronounce integral (audio) ; in-ˈte-grəl also -ˈtē- also nonstandard ˈin-trə-gəl How to pronounce integral (audio) \

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) How to pronounce integral (audio) ; 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

Adjective

integrality \ ˌin-​tə-​ˈgra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce integrality (audio) \ noun
integrally \ ˈin-​ti-​grə-​lē How to pronounce integrally (audio) ; in-​ˈte-​grə-​ also  -​ˈtē-​ \ adverb

Examples of integral in a Sentence

Adjective

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 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 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 She had become an integral part of their lives. a car dealer respected for his integral honesty and straightforwardness with customers

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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First Known Use of integral

Adjective

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for integral

Adjective

see integer

Noun

see integer

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integral

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of integral

: very important and necessary

integral

adjective
in·​te·​gral | \ ˈin-ti-grəl How to pronounce integral (audio) \

Kids Definition of integral

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

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