from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of using the intellect; thinking or reasoning.
- n. A thought or an idea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The mental activity or process of grasping with the intellect; apprehension by the mind; understanding.
- n. A particular act of grasping by means of the intellect.
- n. The mental content of an act of grasping by means of the intellect, as a thought, idea, or conception.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of understanding; simple apprehension of ideas; intuition.
- n. A creation of the mind itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An act of understanding; simple apprehension of ideas; mental activity; exercise of or capacity for thought.
- n. In rhetoric, the figure also called synecdoche.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
Middle English intelleccioun, understanding, from Latin intellēctiō, intellēctiōn-, synecdoche, from intellēctus, intellect; see intellect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)