integral

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adjective

in·​te·​gral
(usually so in mathematics)
ˈin-ti-grəl How to pronounce integral (audio) in-ˈte-grəl How to pronounce integral (audio)
 also  -ˈtē-,
 also nonstandard  ˈin-trə-gəl
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 noun
integrally
ˈin-ti-grə-lē How to pronounce integral (audio)
in-ˈte-grə-
 also  -ˈtē-
adverb

integral

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noun

in·​te·​gral ˈin-ti-grəl How to pronounce integral (audio)
: the result of a mathematical integration compare definite integral, indefinite integral

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
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Noun
The path integral is a way of describing a particle's travels in terms of a quantum superposition of all possible routes. Ahmed Almheiri, Scientific American, 17 Aug. 2022 However, the real winners are the individuals, creators and brands making this integral to their business model(s). Nathaniel Hunter, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Both Croot and Bloom broke the integral into parts and proved that one main term was large and positive, and that all the other terms (which could sometimes be negative) were too small to make a meaningful difference. Quanta Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 The path integral is more of a physics philosophy than an exact mathematical recipe. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The path integral is more of a physics philosophy than an exact mathematical recipe. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The path integral is more of a physics philosophy than an exact mathematical recipe. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The path integral is more of a physics philosophy than an exact mathematical recipe. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 The path integral is more of a physics philosophy than an exact mathematical recipe. Charlie Wood, Wired, 4 July 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see integer

Noun

see integer

First Known Use

Adjective

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of integral was in 1551

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Cite this Entry

“Integral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integral. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

integral

adjective

in·​te·​gral
ˈint-i-grəl (,
 usually so in mathematics  );
in-ˈteg-rəl,
 also  -ˈtēg-
1
: needed for completeness
a lens is an integral part of a camera
2
: of or relating to an integer
9 is an integral factor of 72
3
: made up of components that together make a whole
an integral locking system
4
: lacking nothing essential : entire
integrally
ˈint-i-grə-lē;
in-ˈteg-rə-
 also  -ˈtēg-
adverb

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