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integral

[ in-ti-gruhl, in-teg-ruhl ]
/ ˈɪn tɪ grəl, ɪnˈtɛg rəl /
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adjective

noun

an integral whole.
Mathematics.
  1. Also called Riemann integral. the numerical measure of the area bounded above by the graph of a given function, below by the x-axis, and on the sides by ordinates drawn at the endpoints of a specified interval; the limit, as the norm of partitions of the given interval approaches zero, of the sum of the products of the function evaluated at a point in each subinterval times the length of the subinterval.
  2. a primitive.
  3. any of several analogous quantities.Compare improper integral, line integral, multiple integral, surface integral.

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Origin of integral

From the Medieval Latin word integrālis, dating back to 1545–55. See integer, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM integral

in·te·gral·i·ty, nounin·te·gral·ly, adverbun·in·te·gral, adjectiveun·in·te·gral·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for integral

integral

adjective (ˈɪntɪɡrəl, ɪnˈtɛɡrəl)

(often foll by to) being an essential part (of); intrinsic (to)
intact; entire
formed of constituent parts; united
maths
  1. of or involving an integral
  2. involving or being an integer

noun (ˈɪntɪɡrəl)

maths the limit of an increasingly large number of increasingly smaller quantities, related to the function that is being integrated (the integrand). The independent variables may be confined within certain limits (definite integral) or in the absence of limits (indefinite integral)Symbol: ʃ
a complete thing; whole

Derived forms of integral

integrality (ˌɪntɪˈɡrælɪtɪ), nounintegrally, adverb
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Scientific definitions for integral

integral
[ ĭntĭ-grəl ]

Adjective

Involving or expressed as an integer or integers.

Noun

See definite integral indefinite integral.
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