• WordNet 3.6
    • n conception the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon
    • n conception the creation of something in the mind
    • n conception an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
    • n conception the event that occurred at the beginning of something "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The early occurrence of a fetus yawning is at eleven weeks after conception
    • Conception Conceit; affected sentiment or thought. "He . . . is full of conceptions , points of epigram, and witticism."
    • Conception Idea; purpose; design. "Note this dangerous conception ."
    • Conception The act of conceiving in the womb; the initiation of an embryonic animal life. "I will greaty multiply thy sorrow and thy conception ."
    • Conception The formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension. "Conception consists in a conscious act of the understanding, bringing any given object or impression into the same class with any number of other objects or impression, by means of some character or characters common to them all."
    • Conception The image, idea, or notion of any action or thing which is formed in the mind; a concept; a notion; a universal; the product of a rational belief or judgment. See Concept. "He [Herodotus] says that the sun draws or attracts the water; a metaphorical term obviously intended to denote some more general and abstract conception than that of the visible operation which the word primarily signifies."
    • Conception The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception. "Under the article of conception , I shall confine myself to that faculty whose province it is to enable us to form a notion of our past sensations, or of the objects of sense that we have formerly perceived."
    • Conception The state of being conceived; beginning. "Joy had the like conception in our eyes."
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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 conception The act or power of conceiving in the mind, or of forming a concept; that which is conceived in the mind. A product of the imaginative or inventive faculty.
    • n conception In philosophy: The act of conceiving or of forming a concept, or the concept itself; a notion.
    • n conception Improperly, the faculty of reproductive imagination.
    • n conception Thought, notion, or idea, in a loose sense: as, you have no conception how clever he is.
    • n conception A fanciful thought; a conceit.
    • n conception The act of becoming pregnant; the beginning of pregnancy; the inception of the life of an embryo; hence, figuratively, beginning; origination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pregnancy in humans lasts on average about 270 days (from conception to birth).
    • Conception the act of conceiving: the thing conceived; the formation in the mind of an image or idea: a notion:
    • Conception (Shak.) a mere fancy: a plan: a concept
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.”
  • Victor Daniels
    Victor Daniels
    “We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. conception, L. conceptio, fr. concipere, to conceive. See Conceive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concipĕre, -ceptum, to conceive.


In literature:

His conception of life and mine were so different that there was frequently more or less friction.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Now, it was natural to hesitate between so novel a conception of metaphysics and the traditional conception.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
The first portion of the Book, as above given, is by all means the greatest in conception and in execution as well as the longest.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
We could, to be more exact, make a distinction between the synthetic principle and the ideal conception which is a higher form of it.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
More universality or extensiveness is, then, one mark which the philosopher's conceptions must possess.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
But it is useful and within scientific probability to carry this conception much further.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
How could such an image convey any conception of the intelligence, the omnipresence, the eternity of God?
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
And at the first concept of magic, the first lesson of E sharpened into focus once more.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The stirring concept cannot get through to the world except through the brain.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Such a conception embraces all the separate aspects of our nature each in its place, and each from its own angle supreme.
"Progress and History" by Various

In poetry:

My life's my own; I rise
With glory in my eyes;
And my concept of hell
Is to be forced to sell
Myself to one who buys.
"God's Vagabond" by Robert W Service
Full in the midst, a city, fair
Beyond conception and compare,
Which John the new Jerus'lem calls,
Lifts-up aloft its tow'ring walls —
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
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
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
The poor old golden eagle of the creative spirit
Moulting and moping and waiting, willing at last
For the fire to burn it up, feathers and all
So that a new conception of the beginning and end
Can rise from the ashes.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
Now, you yourself, Maecenas, are enjoying this beatitude;
If by no brighter beauty Ilium fell, you've cause for gratitude.
A certain Phryne keeps me on the rack with lovers numerous;
This is the artful hussy's neat conception of the humorous!
"A Tardy Apology" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

In a city that's been hit hard by the recession, one Phoenix steakhouse concept is thriving.
New Domino's Store Concept Focuses on Custom Orders, Carryout and In-Store Dining.
The concept of the hotel is simple – a themed oceanside resort emphasizing issues relating to sea and life within the Colombian Caribbean while highlighting the richness of its socio-cultural expressions.
But the concept has grown up as more people want to learn about their food.
While the concept of "food deserts" has fallen into question, there's still no doubt that many impoverished neighborhoods are the banking equivalent of the Mojave.
The scholarships were made possible by Caster Concepts Inc, Albion, a manufacturer of industrial casters and wheels.
Caster Concepts memorialized founder Richard H Dobbins through the establishment of the Manufacturing Education Fund at the Albion Community Foundation in 2007.
Caster Concepts Inc, an industrial caster and wheel manufacturer in Albion, Mich. Has launched as the official website for its new Conveyor Concepts business venture.
If you're not familiar with the concept, it's kind of like a Mediterranean-style Chipotle.
Both concepts are idea-starters for other food truck operators, current and prospective.
Seems like a foreign concept to Mitt Romney.
Has developed a shopping center concept here that's intended to succeed by encouraging browsing.
It provides concept development and design, engineering and management services to a variety of foodservice segments.
The concept of core CPI was invented in the early 1970s by then-Fed Chairman Arthur Burns to allow for an easier monetary policy in the face of rapidly rising oil and food prices.
The economic argument for this new concept of inflation was that it avoided transitory elements driving the inflation rate.

In science:

The training deployed for newly recruited employees should include more relevant topics such as Project Management Fundamentals, Requirements engineering and Management, Data Modeling, Process Modeling, System Development Life Cycle concepts, Maintenance and Off-shoring concepts, etc.
Approaches to Curriculum and Teaching Materials to Bring Out Better Skilled Software Engineers-An Indian Perspective
Metamodels describe the concepts appearing in models, e.g. constraint, variable, or domain, and the relations among these concepts, e.g. inheritance, composition, or association.
Using ATL to define advanced and flexible constraint model transformations
In this way, rules are able to clearly state how concepts from source metamodels are mapped to concepts from the target ones.
Using ATL to define advanced and flexible constraint model transformations
While the importance of this concept will be best highlighted by how it is used in the companion paper , I show here that the notion of an M-compactly (J/D)# filter is instrumental in characterizing a large number of classical concepts.
Relations that preserve compact filters
The concept of fuzzy set theory was first introduce by Zadeh in 1965 and thereafter, the concept of fuzzy set theory applied on different branches of pure and applied mathematics in different ways by several authors.
Fuzzy Anti-norm and Fuzzy $\alpha$-anti-convergence