• WordNet 3.6
    • n intellect knowledge and intellectual ability "he reads to improve his mind","he has a keen intellect"
    • n intellect the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
    • n intellect a person who uses the mind creatively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intellect A particular mind, especially a person of high intelligence; as, he was a great intellect .
    • Intellect The capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; mental capacity.
    • Intellect (Metaph) The part or faculty of the human mind by which it knows, as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; the power to judge and comprehend; the thinking faculty; the understanding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intellect The understanding; the sum of all the cognitive faculties except sense, or except sense and imagination. The Latin word intellectus was used to translate the Greek νου%21ς which in the theory of Aristotle is the faculty of the cognition of principles, and that which mainly distinguishes man from the beasts. Hence, the psychologists of the Scotch school use intellect as the synonym of common sense, or the faculty of apprehending a priori principles. The agent or active intellect, according to Aristotle, is the impersonal intellect that has created the world (see phrase below); the passive, patient, or possible intellect is that which belongs to the individual and perishes with him. But with St. Thomas Aquinas the distinction is quite different, the possible intellect being the faculty receptive of the intelligible species emitted by things, while the agent intellect is the power of operative thought. The term pure intellect, said to be used by St. Augustine, and certainly as early as Scotus Erigena, had always denoted the divine intellect, unmixed with matter, until Kant (adopting, as was his frequent practice, the terminology of Löscher) applied it to intellect as separated, in its use or application, from sense. Practical intellect is distinguished from theoretical or speculative, by Aristotle and all other psychologists, as having an end in view. The Platonists at all periods during the middle ages made intellect a special cognitive faculty, higher than reason and lower than intelligence—namely, the faculty of understanding and conceiving of things natural but invisible, as soul and its faculties and operations. (Intellectus more often means the cognitive act, product (concept), or habit than the faculty.) With Kant the intellect is, first, in a general sense, the nonsensuous, self-active faculty of cognition; the faculty of producing representations, of bringing unity into the matter given in sense, of conceiving objects, and of judging; the faculty of concepts, or rules, of discursive cognition; the faculty of a priori synthesis, of bringing the manifold of given representations under the unity of selfconsciousness; and secondly, in a narrower sense, the faculty of conceiving of intuited objects and of forming concepts and judgments concerning them, but excluding the pure use of the understanding, which in the Kantian system is reason.
    • n intellect Mind collectively; current or collective intelligence: as, the intellect of the time.
    • n intellect plural Wits; senses; mind: as, disordered in his intellects.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Intellect in′tel-lekt the mind, in reference to its rational powers: the thinking principle:
    • n Intellect mental power
    • n Intellect in′tel-lekt (pl., coll.) senses
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  • Cotvos
    “We may seek God by our intellect, but we only can find him with our heart.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “She was short on intellect, but long on shape.”
  • Al-Nuri
    “The intellect is weak; it has no power except over what is as weak as itself.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intellectus, fr. intelligere, intellectum, to understand: cf. intellect,. See Intelligent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—intelligĕre, to understand—inter, between, legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

I felt that I did not weigh a hundred pounds, although I knew in the sharpness of intellect that I tipped the scales at two hundred.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
My intellect doesn't seem to help me at all.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
What English intellect could have chosen such a topic, or by chance stumbled on it?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Well, then, you know what I mean by faith, and what I mean by intellect.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
The fruits of intellect do not grow among the indolent rich.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Her intellect, rather than her heart, had opposed the philosophy of Emerson.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Is the Contemplative Life wholly confined to the Intellect, or does the Will enter into it?
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
He displayed a lively, but not a vigorous intellect, and his literary attainments were inconsiderable.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
A man in East Aurora, however, has recently made it plain to himself that Xantippe was possessed of a great and acute intellect.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
The splendor of his intellect and the sublime strength of his will are shown in that small things did not distress him.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

That moulds the iron into shape
Of all device and plan;
This moulds a subtler power than all—
The intellect of man.
"Anvil And Newspaper" by Alexander Anderson
If thou dost think thy knowledge good,
Thy intellect not slow,
Bethink thee of the multitude
Of things thou dost not know.
"After Thomas Kempis" by George MacDonald
He was what nurses call a 'limb;'
One of those small misguided creatures,
Who, though their intellects are dim,
Are one too many for their teachers:
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
"His form in ungainly—his intellect small—"
(So the Bellman would often remark)
"But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,
Is the thing that one needs with a Snark."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
He was a man of great intellect and genius bright,
And ever faithful to his Queen by day and by night,
And always foremost in a political fight;
And for his services to mankind, God will him requite.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall
And sweet it is the growth to trace,
Of worth, of intellect, of grace,
In bosoms where our labours first
Bid the young seed of spring-time burst,
And lead it on from hour to hour,
To ripen into perfect flower.
"Blessings of Instruction" by John Bowring

In news:

Oracle is acquiring Collective Intellect, a developer of cloud-based "social intelligence" applications that businesses use to monitor postings on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, Oracle said Tuesday.
Her approach is direct, an appeal more to sentiment than to intellect, working as much with sincerity as with style.
"The more intense the craze, the higher the type of intellect that succumbs to it.".
Research turns to ape intellect.
Wilson's claim to political fame was his intellect and political prowess toward liberal government.
A genius is defined as someone who has an exceptional natural capacity of intellect.
If the lack of appeal to intellect and reason in political ads that proliferated before the election is any indication, The Times' ideal of the "citizen voter" rarely appears in our electorate .
We've had a running conversation in the comments about whether nonfiction books appeal more to our emotions or our intellect.
Contenders mix entertainment and intellect. Polaris to Implement Intellect Quantum Core Banking Solution in National Bank of Ethiopia .
Golden Globe contenders mix entertainment and intellect.
If the lack of appeal to intellect and reason in political ads that proliferated before the election is any indication, The Times' ideal of the "citizen voter" rarely appears in our electorate.
The ranking is created by a combination of student surveys, employers ranking their favorite 20 schools to recruit from and calculating intellect by numbering articles published from faculty in 20 different publications.
Barack Obama, who I continue to admire as a magnificent man of uncommon intellect and character, has restored pride in our nation, and has done much to restore American goodwill in the rest of the world.
" Mitchell 's experience, intellect, vision and dedication will continue to move our communities forward," said Dezie Woods Jones, BWOPA state president.

In science:

Valsakumar for sharing his time and wisdom; for his imagination, sensitivity and robust intellect which have helped me in my research in general and in this venture in particular.
Monte Carlo: Basics
It is possible in principle that an unobservable mental variable (a free willed intellect) influences the order of the bits during a time, and encodes a message in the string.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
By maintaining this practice, the field appeals to those intellects that appreciate the interconnected nature of astrophysical problems.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
What's Basic About Basic Emotions? Psychol Rev. 97(3), 315-31. Perlovsky, L. I. (2001). Neural Networks and Intellect: Using Model Based Concepts. New York: Oxford University Press. Perlovsky, L .I. (2006) Toward physics of the mind: Concepts, emotions, consciousness, and symbols.
Curiosity and Pleasure
The assumption made in is that such parameter values exist for which the set defined by the definition is not empty and the programs within that set match our idea of Artificial Intellect.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI