Meaning of IDEAL in English

IDEAL

n.

Function: noun

Date: 15th century

1 : a standard of perfection, beauty, or excellence

2 : one regarded as exemplifying an ideal and often taken as a model for imitation

3 : an ultimate object or aim of endeavor : GOAL

4 : a subset of a mathematical ring that is closed under addition and subtraction and contains the products of any given element of the subset with each element of the ring

synonyms see MODEL

– ide · al · less \ ī - ' d ē (- ə )l-l ə s \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.