The definition of integral is anything that is necessary in order for something to be completed.
An example of integral is the study of basic math in an elementary school curriculum.
- necessary for completeness; essential: an integral part
- whole or complete
- made up of parts forming a whole
- of or having to do with an integer or integers; not fractional
- of or having to do with integrals or integration
Origin of integralLate Latin integralis ; from Classical Latin integer: see integer
- a whole
- the result of integrating a fraction
- a solution of a differential equation
- Essential or necessary for completeness; constituent: The kitchen is an integral part of a house.
- Possessing everything essential; entire.
- Mathematics a. Expressed or expressible as or in terms of integers.b. Expressed as or involving integrals.
- A complete unit; a whole.
- Mathematics a. A number computed by a limiting process in which the domain of a function, often an interval or planar region, is divided into arbitrarily small units, the value of the function at a point in each unit is multiplied by the linear or areal measurement of that unit, and all such products are summed.b. A definite integral.c. An indefinite integral.
Origin of integralMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin integralis, making up a whole, from Latin integer, complete; see integer.