American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Formation of a viable zygote by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; fertilization.
- n. The entity formed by the union of the male sperm and female ovum; an embryo or zygote.
- n. The ability to form or understand mental concepts and abstractions.
- n. Something conceived in the mind; a concept, plan, design, idea, or thought. See Synonyms at idea.
- n. Archaic A beginning; a start.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. In philosophy: The act of conceiving or of forming a concept, or the concept itself; a notion.
- n. Improperly, the faculty of reproductive imagination.
- n. Thought, notion, or idea, in a loose sense: as, you have no conception how clever he is.
- n. A fanciful thought; a conceit.
- n. The act of becoming pregnant; the beginning of pregnancy; the inception of the life of an embryo; hence, figuratively, beginning; origination.
- n. The act of conceiving.
- n. The state of being conceived; the beginning.
- n. The fertilization of an ovum by a sperm to form a zygote.
- n. The start of pregnancy.
- n. The formation of a conceptus or an implanted embryo.
- n. The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception; the ability to form mental abstractions.
- n. An image, idea, or notion formed in the mind; a concept, plan or design.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of conceiving in the womb; the initiation of an embryonic animal life.
- n. The state of being conceived; beginning.
- n. The power or faculty of apprehending of forming an idea in the mind; the power of recalling a past sensation or perception.
- n. The formation in the mind of an image, idea, or notion, apprehension.
- n. 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.
- n. Idea; purpose; design.
- n. obsolete Conceit; affected sentiment or thought.
- n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
- n. the creation of something in the mind
- n. the event that occurred at the beginning of something
- n. the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon
- From Middle English conceptioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptio ("a comprehending, a collection, composition, an expression, also a becoming pregnant"), from concipere, past participle conceptus ("conceive"); see conceive. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English concepcioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conceptiō, conceptiōn-, from conceptus; see concept. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And since the conception of form resolves itself into _motion_, _conception_, _purpose_ or _end_, so the Eternal”
“This "certain conception" is slowly being fleshed out here.”
“The term conception does not mean the active or generative conception by her parents.”
“Second, I think the most plausible versions of utilitarianism frame themselves as theories of how to treat people (or sentients) equally, and this conception is a big part of their intuitive appeal.”
“In remarkable agreement with this conception is the fact that the molecular length as calculated for oleic acid from X-ray diffraction measurements recently made in the laboratories of Bragg and Friedel agrees with the thickness of our fundamental sheet.”
“Far removed from this conception is the condition of the many who have no "casa," but only ghastly walls within which the most intimate acts of life are exposed upon the pillory.”
“One of the weaknesses in the survey is the use of the word "conception" rather than fertilization in the questionnaire.”
“HAVING in the first section of the precedent chapter presupposed that motion and agitation of the brain which we call conception, to be continued to the heart, and there to be called passion; I have thereby obliged myself, as far forth as I can, to search out and declare, from what conception proceedeth every one of those passions which we commonly take notice of.”
“Using an established mouse model of maternal diet-induced obesity and live cell dynamic fluorescence imaging techniques, the researchers demonstrated that maternal obesity prior to conception is associated with altered mitochondria in mouse oocytes (eggs) and zygotes.”
“The conception is monolithic groups and the value is spread unequally.”
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