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Idea \I*de"a\, n.; pl. Ideas. [L. idea, Gr. ?, fr. ? to see; akin to E. wit: cf. F. id['e]e. See Wit.]

  1. 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.

    Her sweet idea wandered through his thoughts.

    Being the right idea of your father Both in your form and nobleness of mind.

    This representation or likeness of the object being transmitted from thence [the senses] to the imagination, and lodged there for the view and observation of the pure intellect, is aptly and properly called its idea.
    --P. Browne.

  2. A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.

    Alice had not the slightest idea what latitude was.
    --L. Caroll.

  3. 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.

    Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or as the immediate object of perception, thought, or undersanding, that I call idea.

  4. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.

    That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.

    What is now ``idea'' for us? How infinite the fall of this word, since the time where Milton sang of the Creator contemplating his newly-created world, ``how it showed . . . Answering his great idea,'' to its present use, when this person ``has an idea that the train has started,'' and the other ``had no idea that the dinner would be so bad!''

  5. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.

    I shortly afterwards set off for that capital, with an idea of undertaking while there the translation of the work.
    --W. Irving.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    Thence to behold this new-created world, The addition of his empire, how it showed In prospect from his throne, how good, how fair, Answering his great idea.

    Note: ``In England, Locke may be said to have been the first who naturalized the term in its Cartesian universality. When, in common language, employed by Milton and Dryden, after Descartes, as before him by Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Hooker, etc., the meaning is Platonic.''
    --Sir W. Hamilton.

    Abstract idea, Association of ideas, etc. See under Abstract, Association, etc.

    Syn: Notion; conception; thought; sentiment; fancy; image; perception; impression; opinion; belief; observation; judgment; consideration; view; design; intention; purpose; plan; model; pattern.

    Usage: There is scarcely any other word which is subjected to such abusive treatment as is the word idea, in the very general and indiscriminative way in which it is employed, as it is used variously to signify almost any act, state, or content of thought.


n. (plural of idea English)

Ideas (disambiguation)

An idea usually refers to a person's thought or a developed concept. Ideas may also refer to:

  • Ideas (retailer), a Pakistani retail chain
  • Ideas (radio show), a Canadian radio program
  • I-DEAS, the CAx software
  • Theory of forms, by Plato, a theory of abstract entities
  • Ideas festival, a biennial event in Brisbane, Australia presented by the Queensland Government
  • LSE IDEAS, an international affairs research centre at the London School of Economics
  • IDEAS (Think tank), Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, a Malaysian think tank.
  • International Defence Exhibition and Seminar, a major biennial defence event based in Pakistan

The acronym IDEAS may refer to:

  • IDEAS for Us, the American environmental organization
  • IDEAS, a database maintained by the Research Papers in Economics project
  • I-DEAS (Integrated Design and Engineering Analysis Software)
  • Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs
  • International Defence Exhibition and Seminar
Ideas (radio show)

Ideas is a long-running scholarly radio documentary show on CBC Radio One. Co-created by Phyllis Webb and William A. Young, the show premiered in 1965 under the title The Best Ideas You'll Hear Tonight. It is currently hosted by Paul Kennedy and is broadcast between 9:05 and 10:00 P.M. weekday evenings; one episode each week is repeated on Friday afternoons under the title Ideas in the Afternoon.

The show describes itself as a radio program on contemporary thought. The subject matter of the shows varies, but music, philosophy, science, religion, and especially history are common topics. The show has won many plaudits for its quality and depth.

The series is notable for soliciting programming proposals from people who are not professional broadcasters, and having the successful applicants write and host their own documentaries (aided in production by CBC staff producers). Many Ideas programs are multi-part, with two, three, four, or more fifty-five-minute programs devoted to a single topic. Transcripts and audio recordings of many programs are made available, and sold directly by the CBC.

Notable CBC staff producers who have been associated with the program include Bernie Lucht, Geraldine Sherman, Damiano Pietropaolo, Phyllis Webb, and David Cayley. Individual programs are produced at CBC Radio One facilities across Canada. Documentarian William Whitehead also wrote or cowrote a number of shows for Ideas.

A television version for CBC News Network, Ideas on TV, was short-lived. The book Ideas: Brilliant Thinkers Speak Their Minds, edited by Bernie Lucht, commemorated the series' 40th anniversary.

The show broadcasts Canada's annual Massey Lectures, Lafontaine-Baldwin Lecture, and the Munk Debates. Since 2006, they have included the Henry G. Friesen lectures. Audio downloads of many episodes are available from the CBC website, as well as via the CBC Ideas podcast, which was, by popular demand, one of the first to be included in the network's large podcasting initiative begun in 2005. Many episodes are also available for sale on audio CD.

In January 2014, Ideas broadcast a two-part documentary about Wikipedia entitled "The Great Book of Knowledge", produced and narrated by Philip Coulter. Part 1 of the documentary aired on January 15 and Part 2 on January 22. As of February 2014, both episodes were also available in streaming audio on the Ideas website, and via subscription to the Ideas podcast.

Usage examples of "ideas".

However, I have been no less fortunate in that a number of eminent scholars, who liked the plan for a history of ideas aimed at a general readership, agreed to read either parts or all of the typescript, and to give me the benefit of their expertise.

As it is, I will merely say that the list which follows contains books that are, quite simply, indispensable for anyone who wishes to consider himself or herself informed about the history of ideas and that my gratitude to the following authors knows no bounds.

A history of ideas clearly touches on a vast amount of material and ways must be found to make this array manageable.

Crane Brinton, professor of ancient and modern history at Harvard, identified humanism, Protestantism and rationalism as the three great ideas making the modern world.

These arguments and ideas certainly help us begin to find our way about a massive field but, as will become clear later in this Introduction, and then throughout the book, though I think that all these ideas and innovations are important, my own candidates are very different.

I do not have any magic formula according to which ideas have been chosen for inclusion in this book.

I include abstract ideas and I include inventions which I think are or were important.

He was one of the founders of the History of Ideas Club at Johns Hopkins and gave a series of lectures, the William James Lectures on Philosophy and Psychology, at Harvard University, in spring 1933.

In an essay elsewhere, he identified the subject matter of a history of ideas as: the history of philosophy, of science, of religion and theology, of the arts, of education, of sociology, of language, of folklore and ethnography, of economics and politics, of literature, of societies.

Introduction, by discussing the theories and arguments of others, I have tried to give a flavour of what a history of ideas is and can be.

My aim throughout has been to identify and discuss those ideas and inventions that have had a long-term influence on the way we live or have lived and think.

Chapter 1, ancient stone tools have been found all over the world, and their distribution and variation enable us to recreate a great deal about our distant past and the first ideas and thoughts of ancient humankind.

Old World and the New provides a neat natural experiment, to compare how and in what order different ideas developed.

If tools and the control of fire were the first ideas, clothing and shelter soon followed.

The mix of abstract and practical down-to-earth ideas would not have been recognised by early humans.