Associations to the word «Idea»

Pictures for the word «Idea»


IDEA, noun. (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples. [from 14th c.]
IDEA, noun. (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal. [16th-19th c.]
IDEA, noun. (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic. [16th-18th c.]
IDEA, noun. An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory. [from 16th c.]
IDEA, noun. More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking. [from 17th c.]
IDEA, noun. A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention. [from 17th c.]
IDEA, noun. A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression. [from 17th c.]
IDEA, noun. (music) A musical theme or melodic subject. [from 18th c.]
IDEA FUTURE, noun. Prediction market
IDEA HAMSTER, noun. One who is a prodigious creator of new ideas
IDEA OF REFERENCE, noun. The false belief that random occurences have a special connection to oneself.
IDEA VIRUS, noun. A concept which is transmitted between people via networks (especially the Internet) generally without the knowledge or consent of the originator, and which may be modified as it is passed on.

Dictionary definition

IDEA, noun. The content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind".
IDEA, noun. Your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces".
IDEA, noun. A personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him".
IDEA, noun. An approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take".
IDEA, noun. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it".

Wise words

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery