|n.||1.||The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.|
|2.||A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.|
|3.||Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.|
|4.||A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.|
What is now "idea" for us? How infinite the fall of this word, since the time where Milton sang of the Creator contemplating his newly-created world, -
"how it showed . . .
Answering his great idea," -
to its present use, when this person "has an idea that the train has started," and the other "had no idea that the dinner would be so bad!"
|5.||A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.|
|6.||A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.|
|7.||A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.|
Thence to behold this new-created world,
The addition of his empire, how it showed
In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,
Answering his great idea.
|Noun||1.||idea - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"|
|2.||idea - a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"|
|3.||idea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"|
|4.||idea - 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"|
|5.||idea - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"|
|1.||(language)||IDEA - Interactive Data Entry/Access.|
|2.||(algorithm)||IDEA - International Data Encryption Algorithm.|