Meaning of INTEGRAL in English


I. ˈintə̇grəl, ˈintēg- also in.ˈtegrəl or in.ˈtēgrəl or ÷ˈin.trə̇gəl or ÷ˈin.trēgəl adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin integralis, from Latin integr-, integer untouched, entire + -alis -al


a. : of, relating to, or serving to form a whole : essential to completeness : organically joined or linked : constituent , inherent

science has become an integral part of his cultural environment — C.I.Glicksberg

an integral part of the empire

in great dramas character is always … somehow integral with plot — T.S.Eliot

political and economic power are integral one to the other — Commonweal


(1) : of, being, or relating to a mathematical integer

(2) : relating to or concerned with mathematical integrals or integration

c. : formed as a unit with another part (as the main part) — often used with with ; used especially of a part of a tool or mechanism

the pin is integral with the pump body — H.F.Blanchard & Ralph Ritchen

heat transfer through tubes with integral spiral fins — Transactions of American Society of Mech. Engineers

the steam chest may be an integral part of the turbine casing or may be bolted to it — B.G.A.Skrotzki & W.A.Vopat

2. : composed of constituent parts making a whole : composite , integrated

a hospital, a medical school, and a laboratory of science all in one integral group — V.G.Heiser

3. : having nothing omitted or taken away : lacking nothing that belongs to it : complete , entire , perfect

if vocations are declining, it is because integral Catholic living is declining — J.H.Wilson

• in·te·gral·ly -əlē, -əli adverb

II. noun

( -s )

1. : an entire thing : totality , whole

2. obsolete : an integral part : constituent , component

3. : the result of a mathematical integration either of a function or of an equation

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