from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding.
- n. The ability to think abstractly or profoundly. See Synonyms at mind.
- n. A person of great intellectual ability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the faculty of thinking, judging, abstract reasoning, and conceptual understanding (uncountable)
- n. the capacity of that faculty (in a particular person) (uncountable)
- n. a person who has that faculty to a great degree
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; mental capacity.
- n. A particular mind, especially a person of high intelligence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The understanding; the sum of all the cognitive faculties except sense, or except sense and imagination.
- n. Mind collectively; current or collective intelligence: as, the intellect of the time.
- n. plural Wits; senses; mind: as, disordered in his intellects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. knowledge and intellectual ability
- n. a person who uses the mind creatively
- n. the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
The knowledge of first principles is attained by the _intuition of pure intellect_ (νοῦς) -- that is, "_intellect itself is the principle of science_" or, in other words, intellect is the _efficient, essential cause_ of the knowledge of first principles.
I'm very much the beneficiary of his deeply insightful, eloquently argued ideas; the privilege of sharpening my ideas on the whetstone of his intellect is a rare one, and I'm delighted to share that opportunity with Boing Boing's readers ...
But some times, in moments of inspiration, the pressure of one's will relents, and the intellect is able to consider the object as it is in itself, independently of one's goals, desires, and interests.
I agree that design can be inferred from adaptation and also agree with nullasalus that the intellect is a supreme adaptive tool.
Besides, my intellect is actually my main defense.
The premier science in the study of the history of art is, and always has been, the science of vision, because "the distinction between what we really see and what we infer through the intellect is as old as human thought on perception."
Each one can define it for himself; there it is, and I do not see why it is not as integral a part of the authors — an element in the estimate of their future position — as what we term their intellect, their knowledge, their skill, or their art.
That statement, "he announced," is a formal tribute paid by what I call my intellect to what the vulgar call the probabilities.
He too yields only to necessity, the attraction of pleasure, and the fear of suffering; and what we call our intellect has the same origin and mission as what in animals we choose to term instinct.
Each one can define it for himself; there it is, and I do not see why it is not as integral a part of the authors -- an element in the estimate of their future position -- as what we term their intellect, their knowledge, their skill, or their art.