integral

adjective
in·​te·​gral | \ ˈin-ti-grəl (usually so in mathematics) How to pronounce integral (audio) ; in-ˈte-grəl How to pronounce integral (audio) 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 (usually 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 integral (audio) \ noun
integrally \ ˈin-​ti-​grə-​lē How to pronounce integral (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 As a leader of Fox Entertainment Music, Coleman will play an integral role in driving equality and inclusion throughout the division by recruiting a range of diverse voices within the creative community. Mónica Marie Zorrilla, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Haller, 50, played an integral role in the committee that hired Mel Tucker in February 2020 to replace Mark Dantonio, the all-time winningest coach in MSU history. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2021 There are many answers, of course—that every animal has an integral role to play in maintaining the stability of its home; that biodiversity is crucial to the resilience of all life on earth, including our own. Aaron Regunberg, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Zero trust plays an integral role in protecting this modernization effort. Chris Schueler, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The stalwart in the back will play an integral role for a squad aiming to build off last fall’s 11-1 finish. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 US Navy leaders say the LCS, which is comparable in size to the more standard corvette class of ships, has an integral role in making that happen. Brad Lendon, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 Smith wound up playing an integral role in the illicit nuptials. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 In some communities, schools have played an integral role in boosting local vaccination rates. al, 18 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The procedure for adding up these infinite field configurations with the proper weighting is known as the Feynman path integral. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The procedure for adding up these infinite field configurations with the proper weighting is known as the Feynman path integral. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 Democrats have in turn rallied around expanding voting access as both a civil rights issue and one integral to their future political success. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 The target was the mythical DOZZ formula—but the gulf between it and the path integral seemed vast. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The procedure for adding up these infinite field configurations with the proper weighting is known as the Feynman path integral. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The procedure for adding up these infinite field configurations with the proper weighting is known as the Feynman path integral. Quanta Magazine, 17 June 2021 The target was the mythical DOZZ formula — but the gulf between it and the path integral seemed vast. Quanta Magazine, 17 June 2021 To tally the possibilities implied by a loop, theorists must turn to a summing operation known as an integral. Quanta Magazine, 20 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of integral was in 1551

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“Integral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integral. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for integral

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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