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integral

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

Definition of integral

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 :composed of constituent parts
3 :lacking nothing essential :entire

integrality

play \ˌin-tə-ˈgra-lə-tē\ noun

integrally

play \ˈin-ti-grə-lē; in-ˈte-grə- also -ˈtē-\ adverb

Examples of integral in a Sentence

  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 KingEntertainment Weekly12 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 DickermanNew York Times Magazine3 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 PiazzaWhy New Orleans Matters2005
  4. She had become an integral part of their lives.

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

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Origin and Etymology of integral


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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

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

Examples of integral in a Sentence

  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. StrichartzThe Way of Analysis2000

Origin and Etymology of integral

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INTEGRAL Defined for English Language Learners

integral

adjective

Definition of integral for English Language Learners

  • : very important and necessary


INTEGRAL Defined for Kids

integral

adjective in·te·gral \ ˈin-ti-grəl \

Definition of integral for Students

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


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