Other forms: concepts

A concept is a thought or idea. If you're redecorating your bedroom, you might want to start with a concept, such as "flower garden" or "outer space."

It's a general idea about a thing or group of things, derived from specific instances or occurrences. It often applies to a theoretical idea in science: Einstein's contribution to the concept of relativity. Concept was borrowed from Late Latin conceptus, from Latin concipere "to take in, conceive, receive." A concept is an idea conceived in the mind. The original meaning of the verb conceive was to take sperm into the womb, and by a later extension of meaning, to take an idea into the mind.

Definitions of concept
  1. noun
    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    synonyms: conception, construct
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    conceptualisation, conceptuality, conceptualization
    an elaborated concept
    a general inclusive concept
    a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
    regulation, rule
    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
    attribute, dimension, property
    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
    abstract, abstraction
    a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
    all of something including all its component elements or parts
    law, natural law
    a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
    law, law of nature
    a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature
    lexicalized concept
    a concept that is expressed by a word (in some particular language)
    hypothesis, possibility, theory
    a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
    a concept whose truth can be proved
    linguistic rule, rule
    (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
    one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
    a way of conceiving something
    a traditional notion that is obstinately held although it is unreasonable
    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    a specific (often simplistic) category
    category name
    a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'
    limitation, restriction, stricture
    a principle that limits the extent of something
    guideline, guidepost, rule of thumb
    a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior
    cy pres, cy pres doctrine, rule of cy pres
    a rule that when literal compliance is impossible the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as nearly as possible
    working principle, working rule
    a rule that is adequate to permit work to be done
    character, lineament, quality
    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    characteristic, feature
    a prominent attribute or aspect of something
    feature, feature of speech
    (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
    something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative
    a personified abstraction that teaches
    a special abstraction
    a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory
    any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial
    numerical quantity
    a quantity expressed as a number
    a quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performed
    variable, variable quantity
    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
    constant, constant quantity, invariable
    a quantity that does not vary
    a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data
    mathematical product, product
    a quantity obtained by multiplication
    amount, sum, total
    a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
    one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion
    the first part or section of something
    an intermediate part or section
    a final part or section
    high point
    the most enjoyable part of a given experience
    component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient
    an abstract part of something
    a single undivided whole
    a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
    complex, composite
    a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
    divine law
    a law that is believed to come directly from God
    a basic truth or law or assumption
    all-or-none law
    (neurophysiology) a nerve impulse resulting from a weak stimulus is just as strong as a nerve impulse resulting from a strong stimulus
    principle, rule
    a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
    Archimedes' principle, law of Archimedes
    (hydrostatics) the apparent loss in weight of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the displaced fluid
    Avogadro's hypothesis, Avogadro's law
    the principle that equal volumes of all gases (given the same temperature and pressure) contain equal numbers of molecules
    Bernoulli's law, law of large numbers
    (statistics) law stating that a large number of items taken at random from a population will (on the average) have the population statistics
    Benford's law
    a law used by auditors to identify fictitious populations of numbers; applies to any population of numbers derived from other numbers
    Bose-Einstein statistics
    (physics) statistical law obeyed by a system of particles whose wave function is not changed when two particles are interchanged (the Pauli exclusion principle does not apply)
    Boyle's law, Mariotte's law
    the pressure of an ideal gas at constant temperature varies inversely with the volume
    Coulomb's Law
    a fundamental principle of electrostatics; the force of attraction or repulsion between two charged particles is directly proportional to the product of the charges and inversely proportional to the distance between them; principle also holds for magnetic poles
    Dalton's law, Dalton's law of partial pressures, law of partial pressures
    (chemistry and physics) law stating that the pressure exerted by a mixture of gases equals the sum of the partial pressures of the gases in the mixture; the pressure of a gas in a mixture equals the pressure it would exert if it occupied the same volume alone at the same temperature
    distribution law
    (chemistry) the total energy in an assembly of molecules is not distributed equally but is distributed around an average value according to a statistical distribution
    equilibrium law, law of chemical equilibrium
    (chemistry) the principle that (at chemical equilibrium) in a reversible reaction the ratio of the rate of the forward reaction to the rate of the reverse reaction is a constant for that reaction
    Fechner's law, Weber-Fechner law
    (psychophysics) the concept that the magnitude of a subjective sensation increases proportional to the logarithm of the stimulus intensity; based on early work by E. H. Weber
    Fermi-Dirac statistics
    (physics) law obeyed by a systems of particles whose wave function changes when two particles are interchanged (the Pauli exclusion principle applies)
    Charles's law, Gay-Lussac's law, law of volumes
    (physics) the density of an ideal gas at constant pressure varies inversely with the temperature
    Henry's law
    (chemistry) law formulated by the English chemist William Henry; the amount of a gas that will be absorbed by water increases as the gas pressure increases
    Hooke's law
    (physics) the principle that (within the elastic limit) the stress applied to a solid is proportional to the strain produced
    Hubble law, Hubble's law
    (astronomy) the generalization that the speed of recession of distant galaxies (the red shift) is proportional to their distance from the observer
    Kepler's law, Kepler's law of planetary motion
    (astronomy) one of three empirical laws of planetary motion stated by Johannes Kepler
    Kirchhoff's laws
    (physics) two laws governing electric networks in which steady currents flow: the sum of all the currents at a point is zero and the sum of the voltage gains and drops around any closed circuit is zero
    law of averages
    a law affirming that in the long run probabilities will determine performance
    law of constant proportion, law of definite proportions
    (chemistry) law stating that every pure substance always contains the same elements combined in the same proportions by weight
    law of diminishing returns
    a law affirming that to continue after a certain level of performance has been reached will result in a decline in effectiveness
    law of effect
    (psychology) the principle that behaviors are selected by their consequences; behavior having good consequences tends to be repeated whereas behavior that leads to bad consequences is not repeated
    law of equivalent proportions, law of reciprocal proportions
    (chemistry) law stating that the proportions in which two elements separately combine with a third element are also the proportions in which they combine together
    Newton's law of gravitation, law of gravitation
    (physics) the law that states any two bodies attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
    Dalton's law, law of multiple proportions
    (chemistry) law stating that when two elements can combine to form more than one compound the amounts of one of them that combines with a fixed amount of the other will exhibit a simple multiple relation
    law of mass action
    (chemistry) the law that states the following principle: the rate of a chemical reaction is directly proportional to the molecular concentrations of the reacting substances
    law of thermodynamics
    (physics) a law governing the relations between states of energy in a closed system
    Mendel's law
    (genetics) one of two principles of heredity formulated by Gregor Mendel on the basis of his experiments with plants; the principles were limited and modified by subsequent genetic research
    Newton's law, Newton's law of motion, law of motion
    one of three basic laws of classical mechanics
    Ohm's law
    electric current is directly proportional to voltage and inversely proportional to resistance; I = E/R
    Pascal's law, Pascal's law of fluid pressures
    pressure applied anywhere to a body of fluid causes a force to be transmitted equally in all directions; the force acts at right angles to any surface in contact with the fluid
    Pauli exclusion principle, exclusion principle
    no two electrons or protons or neutrons in a given system can be in states characterized by the same set of quantum numbers
    Mendeleev's law, periodic law
    (chemistry) the principle that chemical properties of the elements are periodic functions of their atomic numbers
    Planck's law
    (physics) the basis of quantum theory; the energy of electromagnetic waves is contained in indivisible quanta that have to be radiated or absorbed as a whole; the magnitude is proportional to frequency where the constant of proportionality is given by Planck's constant
    Planck's radiation law
    (physics) an equation that expresses the distribution of energy in the radiated spectrum of an ideal black body
    a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.
    the physically discrete element that Darwin proposed as responsible for heredity
    framework, model, theoretical account
    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
    conjecture, speculation
    a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)
    assumption, supposal, supposition
    a hypothesis that is taken for granted
    principle of relativity
    (physics) a universal law that states that the laws of mechanics are not affected by a uniform rectilinear motion of the system of coordinates to which they are referred
    Stevens' law, Stevens' power law, power law
    (psychophysics) the concept that the magnitude of a subjective sensation increases proportional to a power of the stimulus intensity
    Weber's law
    (psychophysics) the concept that a just-noticeable difference in a stimulus is proportional to the magnitude of the original stimulus
    (mathematics) a quantity expressed as a sum or difference of two terms; a polynomial with two terms
    a theory that social and cultural events are determined by history
    sound law
    a law describing sound changes in the history of a language
    linguistic universal, universal
    (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
    grammatical rule, rule of grammar
    a linguistic rule for the syntax of grammatical utterances
    morphological rule, rule of morphology
    a linguistic rule for the formation of words
    chukka, chukker
    (polo) one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided
    frame, inning
    (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
    (tennis) a division of play during which one player serves
    bout, round, turn
    (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
    first period
    the first division into which the play of a game is divided
    second period
    the second division into which the play of a game is divided
    final period
    the final division into which the play of a game is divided
    one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
    (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
    (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided
    (cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
    (mathematics) a quantity or variable that, when fed into a function, results in a single output
    (mathematics) the result or solution of a function that is associated with a single input
    type of:
    idea, thought
    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about




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