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NOUN (2)

1. the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain;

2. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal;
[syn: ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal;

2. constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception;
- Example: "a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"

3. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas;
[syn: ideal, idealistic]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ideal \I*de"al\, n. A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc. [1913 Webster] The ideal is to be attained by selecting and assembling in one whole the beauties and perfections which are usually seen in different individuals, excluding everything defective or unseemly, so as to form a type or model of the species. Thus, the Apollo Belvedere is the ideal of the beauty and proportion of the human frame. --Fleming. [1913 Webster] Beau ideal. See Beau ideal. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ideal \I*de"al\, a. [L. idealis: cf. F. id['e]al.] 1. Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge. [1913 Webster] 2. Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty. --Byron. [1913 Webster] There will always be a wide interval between practical and ideal excellence. --Rambler. [1913 Webster] 3. Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal. "Planning ideal common wealth." --Southey. [1913 Webster] 4. Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy. [1913 Webster] 5. (Math.) Imaginary. Syn: Intellectual; mental; visionary; fanciful; imaginary; unreal; impracticable; utopian. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ideal adj 1: conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal 2: constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception; "a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content" 3: of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas [syn: ideal, idealistic] n 1: the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain 2: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal [syn: ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

241 Moby Thesaurus words for "ideal": Arcadian, Edenic, Geistesgeschichte, Hegelian idea, Kantian idea, Platonic form, Platonic idea, Utopian, absolute, abstract, academic, acme, ambition, apotheosis, apprehension, archetypal, archetype, archetypical, armchair, aspiration, assumption, autism, autistic thinking, basis, beau ideal, belief, best type, beyond all praise, brainstorm, calling, caprice, cause, celestial, chaste, chimerical, classic, classical, complete, complex idea, conceit, concept, conception, conceptual, conclusion, conjectural, conjecture, consideration, consummate, conviction, criterion, cynosure, defectless, dereism, dereistic thinking, dream, dreamery, ego ideal, epitome, estimation, eternal object, eternal universal, example, excellent, exemplar, exemplary, fancied, fanciful, fancy, fantasy, faultless, feeling, fictitious, flawless, flight of fancy, formal cause, goal, good example, ground, guess, guiding light, guiding star, heavenly, hero, high goal, highest category, history of ideas, hypothesis, hypothetic, hypothetical, idealism, idealistic, ideality, idealization, idealized, ideals, ideate, ideational, ideatum, idee-force, ideological, idyllic, illusory, image, imaginary, imaginative exercise, imagined, immaculate, impeccable, impractical, impracticality, impression, inclination, indefectible, indefective, infallible, innate idea, inspiration, intellection, intention, irreproachable, jewel, judgment, just right, lodestar, mainspring, man of men, masterpiece, masterwork, matter, millennial, mirror, model, moot, morals, motive, mythic, mythical, nonesuch, nonpareil, noosphere, notion, notional, noumenon, opinion, paradigm, paradigmatic, paradisal, paragon, pattern, pattern of perfection, peerless, percept, perception, perfect, persuasion, phoenix, play of fancy, postulatory, precedential, presumption, principle, principles, prototypal, prototype, pure, quintessence, quintessential, quixotism, quixotry, reaching high, reaction, reason, reflection, regulative first principle, representative, romance, romantic, romanticism, sake, score, sentiment, shining example, simple idea, sinless, source, speculation, speculative, spotless, spring, stainless, standard, standards, subsistent form, supposition, supreme, surmise, suspicion, taintless, the Absolute, the Absolute Idea, the Self-determined, the realized ideal, theoretical, theory, thought, transcendent, transcendent idea, transcendent nonempirical concept, transcendent universal, transcendental, typical, ulterior motive, unadulterated, unblemished, uncontaminated, unfaultable, universal, universal concept, universal essence, unmixed, unpracticalness, unreal, unrealism, unreality, unspotted, untainted, upward looking, utopian, utopianism, vagary, very, very model, view, visionariness, visionary, vocation, whim, whimsy, wish fulfillment, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

IDEAL 1. Ideal DEductive Applicative Language. A language by Pier Bosco and Elio Giovannetti combining Miranda and Prolog. Function definitions can have a guard condition (introduced by ":-") which is a conjunction of equalities between arbitrary terms, including functions. These guards are solved by normal Prolog resolution and unification. It was originally compiled into C-Prolog but was eventually to be compiled to K-leaf. 2. A numerical constraint language written by Van Wyk of Stanford in 1980 for typesetting graphics in documents. It was inspired partly by Metafont and is distributed as part of Troff. ["A High-Level Language for Specifying Pictures", C.J. Van Wyk, ACM Trans Graphics 1(2):163-182 (Apr 1982)]. (1994-12-15)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

ideal In domain theory, a non-empty, downward closed subset which is also closed under binary least upper bounds. I.e. anything less than an element is also an element and the least upper bound of any two elements is also an element. (1997-09-26)
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Ideal, GA -- U.S. city in Georgia Population (2000): 518 Housing Units (2000): 217 Land area (2000): 1.165520 sq. miles (3.018682 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.165520 sq. miles (3.018682 sq. km) FIPS code: 40812 Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13 Location: 32.372918 N, 84.188822 W ZIP Codes (1990): 31041 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Ideal, GA Ideal