from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A physical, biological, psychological, or symbolic configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that its properties cannot be derived from a simple summation of its parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A collection of physical, biological, psychological or symbolic entities that creates a unified concept, configuration or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts (of a character, personality, or being)
- n. shape, form
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
German, shape, from Middle High German, from past participle of stellen, to place, from Old High German; see stel- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Gestalt ("shape, figure, form"). The German term can also apply to a geometric or graphical shape, but that is not the case when this word is used in English. (Wiktionary)