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 for Association of ideas
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Her sweet idea wandered through his thoughts.
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              Being the right idea of your father
              Both in your form and nobleness of mind. --Shak.
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              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.
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     2. A general notion, or a conception formed by
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              Alice had not the slightest idea what latitude was.
                                                    --L. Caroll.
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     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.
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              Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or as the
              immediate object of perception, thought, or
              undersanding, that I call idea.       --Locke.
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     4. A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or
        controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of
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              That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and
              that is a wrong one.                  --Johnson.
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              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!" --Trench.
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     5. A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
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              I shortly afterwards set off for that capital, with
              an idea of undertaking while there the translation
              of the work.                          --W. Irving.
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     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.
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     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
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              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.             --Milton.
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     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.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Association \As*so`ci*a"tion\ (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. association,
     LL. associatio, fr. L. associare.]
     1. The act of associating, or state of being associated;
        union; connection, whether of persons of things. "Some . .
        . bond of association." --Hooker.
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              Self-denial is a kind of holy association with God.
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     2. Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or
        associated with a thing.
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              Words . . . must owe their powers association.
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              Why should . . . the holiest words, with all their
              venerable associations, be profaned?  --Coleridge.
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     3. Union of persons in a company or society for some
        particular purpose; as, the American Association for the
        Advancement of Science; a benevolent association.
        Specifically, as among the Congregationalists, a society,
        consisting of a number of ministers, generally the pastors
        of neighboring churches, united for promoting the
        interests of religion and the harmony of the churches.
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     Association of ideas (Physiol.), the combination or
        connection of states of mind or their objects with one
        another, as the result of which one is said to be revived
        or represented by means of the other. The relations
        according to which they are thus connected or revived are
        called the law of association. Prominent among them are
        reckoned the relations of time and place, and of cause and
        effect. --Porter.
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