Definitions of idea

  1. ( music) melodic subject of a musical composition; " the theme is announced in the first measures"; " the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
  2. a personal view; " he has an idea that we don't like him"
  3. 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"
  4. the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; " it was not a good idea"; " the thought never entered my mind"
  5. 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.
  6. A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.
  7. 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.
  8. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.
  9. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A mental image or picture; a conception of what ought to be; an abstract principle; opinion; belief; plan; a general notion; an impression.
  13. An image of a thing formed by the mind: a notion: thought: opinion.
  14. mental image; notion; opinion.
  15. A mental image; conception; notion; plan; supposition; impression.
  16. An image or a conception of a thing in the mind; a notion; a thought; an impression; an opinion.
  17. A notion; that which is seen or conceived by the mind.