concept

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n concept an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The early occurrence of a fetus yawning is at eleven weeks after conception
    • n Concept An abstract general conception; a notion; a universal. "The words conception concept notion , should be limited to the thought of what can not be represented in the imagination; as, the thought suggested by a general term."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.
    • n concept A general notion; the predicate of a (possible) judgment; a complex of characters; the immediate object of thought in simple apprehension. Conception is applied to both the act and the object in conceiving; concept is restricted to the object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pregnancy in humans lasts on average about 270 days (from conception to birth).
    • n Concept kon′sept a thing conceived, a general notion
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Quotations

  • Pablo Picasso
    Pablo%20Picasso
    “Through art we express our conception of what nature is not.”
  • Charlotte P. Gillman
    Charlotte P. Gillman
    “A concept is stronger than a fact.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.”
  • John Lennon
    John%20Lennon
    “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”
  • Jorge Luis Borges
    Jorge%20Luis%20Borges
    “One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.”
  • Linda Blandford
    Linda Blandford
    “Justice is a concept. Muscle is the reality.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conceptus,cf. neut. conceptum, fetus), p. p. of concipere, to conceive: cf. F. concept,. See Conceit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concipĕre, -ceptum, to conceive.

Usage

In literature:

Such a conception commends itself to the intellect of man by its majestic grandeur.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The concept of reaction covers the ground.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
This conception of God revealed itself as so essential to the prophets that their intense national feeling was modified.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The latter conception is Christian.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The concept is not the conceptual image, and forming the image is not conception.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
He had no conception of the nature of the relationship he was building up.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Emotional response will accompany every vital mental conception.
"Vocal Expression" by Katherine Jewell Everts
But Israel's conception of Sheol shows very striking resemblances with the Babylonian conception.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
The conception of the cloud as sea, rock and wall, recurs very frequently in mythology.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Let us see what the religion of the present with its more realistic conception of life has to say about salvation.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
And as no changes occur in this condition the particular concept time is transformed into the general concept existence.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
The change in terminology is chiefly the result of modern conceptions of zoology.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
The conception is significant, and the story as written is significant because the conception is set forth whole and unmarred.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
In the beginnings of law men had no more ambitious conception than a peaceable ordering of society at any cost.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
To do this we must adapt ourselves to a manner of life and to conceptions and feelings widely different from our own.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
Conception is our only trustworthy instrument, conception and the Absolute working hand in hand.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
Thoughts without content are empty, perceptions without conceptions are blind.
"Kant's Theory of Knowledge" by Harold Arthur Prichard
The whole concept is far-fetched.
"The Ties That Bind" by Walter Miller
CONVENT OF LA CONCEPTION.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
As everybody knows, the very conception of a "Christ" is purely Jewish.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
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In poetry:

Hush, be still. Outer space
Is a concept, not a place.
Try no more. Where we are
Never can be sky or star. From prison, in a prison, we fly; There's no way into the sky.
"Science-fiction Cradlesong" by C S Lewis
Eke my conception of no girl to gaze upon,
O my Myrtilla, includes all the rest,
Saving the one that I'm spilling this praise upon--
You, as it isn't unlikely you've guessed.
"Notions" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Thy plan is best, though it may not agree
With my conceptions of my needs and rights,
And faith may fail to scale its azure heights;
Yet still I trust, and leave my cause with Thee.
"God's Plan Is Best" by Joseph Horatio Chant
I see thee stand by Freedom's fane,
Pouring the persuasive strain,
Giving vast conceptions birth:
Hark! I hear thy thunder's sound
Shake the Forum round and round,
Shake the pillars of the earth!
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey
PRET. That's all very well, but I can't throw myself into a part
that has already lasted a twelvemonth, when I have to make love
to my father. It interferes with my conception of the
characters. It spoils the part.
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Good from the good,—to the reason this is not hard of conception;
But the genius has power good from the bad to evoke.
'Tis the conceived alone, that thou, imitator, canst practise;
Food the conceived never is, save to the mind that conceives.
"The Imitator" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Of all the popular restaurant concepts out there, the one that never ceases to amaze me is the coffee shop.
Caltech student's micro cold storage concept wins $20,000 grant.
Parisian concept store Colette will celebrate its 15th anniversary with afternoon festivities in and around Paris' Tuileries Garden on March 10 and 11.
But don't mistake the high concept as film for arthouse audiences.
It might seem fitting, in an industry centered around gambling, for one operation to gamble on two new restaurant concepts in less than a year.
When was the concept of home theater first conceived.
This artist's concept depicts a cometlike tail of a possible disintegrating super Mercury-size planet candidate as it transits, or crosses, its parent star, named KIC 12557548.
Moving Products From Concept to Commercialization .
Neither capitalism nor communism, new concept protects resources.
More restaurant concepts are pushing aside the two-tops and setting a communal table into their dining room floor plans.
Women who take a multivitamin every day around the time of conception appear to have a reduced risk for delivering low-birth-weight babies, a new study shows.
Northwest energy storage concepts explored.
If so, "a month or two in advance of conception is the time you'll need to get the medication out of your system," says Dr Mazzullo.
INTERVIEWS Apocalypse, Wow: Behind Prince Rama's Concept Album .
Just like 'Clockwork,' Rush returns with a concept album .
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In science:

In the course of this work we have frequently seen that a concept introduced or a result obtained has been the generalization of the corresponding concept or result in complex analysis.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
If we map the concept of ’distance’ in the generalized Steiner’s problem onto the concept of ’force potential’ in the Filed Theory, we will obtain another equivalent form of the generalized problem.
Generalized Steiner's Problem and its Solution with the Concepts in Field Thoery
Now, the teacher generates a sequence of N examples referring to a single concept Rk , and the task of the student is to guess the k (i.e. to learn the concept Gk ), hopefully with high confidence.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
These are known as Bogoliubov’s transformations and stay at the basis of the concept of quasiparticle, which is one of the most important concepts in quantum many-body theory.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
Weyl introduced the concept of gauge transformation into physics[4, 5], which is one of the most important concepts in modern physics, though his original theory is not successful.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
For this model, another concept, the spinon concept, is commonly used . A spinon is defined as an “entity” associated with a ±1/2 spin value and the groundstate of this isotropic hamiltonian is made of pairs of spinons.
Elementary Excitations in Quantum Antiferromagnetic Chains: Dyons, Spinons and Breathers
The quantum field theory of the standard model of particle physics is built upon the geometrical concepts of gauge fields and the Dirac operator on spinors, concepts which have no obvious relation to those used in geometric quantization.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
It is our ob jective in this section to demonstrate that not just the electrostatic field is an abstract concept, but so is the concept of the electric “charge”.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
It is already clear from this expression, since Coulomb’s law has been generated automatically without the necessity for a field equation, that the concept of “field” is indeed an abstract concept.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
Perhaps the only concept that is radically new here is the concept of the quantization of the radius.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
Secondly, the concept of the “electric charge” proved to be an abstract concept, just like the “field” concept.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
We have pointed out that the concept of randomness as a consequence of a lack of information is not totally satisfactory, and that there is a need for a new concept of ob jective randomness, perhaps in the form of a new principle of physics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
The concept of multiple alignment in the SP framework is similar to that concept in bioinformatics but there are important differences described in Wolff (2003b).
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
In this Section, I discuss some general facts about groupoids; I brie fly discuss the concept of product groupoid, and, in more details, the concept of left and right G -spaces, for a general groupoid G .
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
In Part I of this series [MSp] we introduced the concept of second order freeness as the mathematical concept for dealing with the large N limit of fluctuations of N × N -random matrices.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: II. Unitary Random Matrices
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