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

  Ideal \I*de"al\, n.
     A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a
     model of excellence, beauty, etc.
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           The ideal is to be attained by selecting and assembling
           in one whole the beauties and perfections which are
           usually seen in different individuals, excluding
           everything defective or unseemly, so as to form a type
           or model of the species. Thus, the Apollo Belvedere is
           the ideal of the beauty and proportion of the human
           frame.                                   --Fleming.
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     Beau ideal. See Beau ideal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ideal \I*de"al\, a. [L. idealis: cf. F. id['e]al.]
     1. Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual;
        mental; as, ideal knowledge.
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     2. Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a
        model; faultless; as, ideal beauty. --Byron.
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              There will always be a wide interval between
              practical and ideal excellence.       --Rambler.
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     3. Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.
        "Planning ideal common wealth." --Southey.
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     4. Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or
        philosophy.
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     5. (Math.) Imaginary.
  
     Syn: Intellectual; mental; visionary; fanciful; imaginary;
          unreal; impracticable; utopian.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ideal
      adj 1: conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or
             excellence; embodying an ideal
      2: constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or
         mental image or conception; "a poem or essay may be typical
         of its period in idea or ideal content"
      3: of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality
         of ideas [syn: ideal, idealistic]
      n 1: the idea of something that is perfect; something that one
           hopes to attain
      2: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no
         equal [syn: ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint,
         apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  241 Moby Thesaurus words for "ideal":
     Arcadian, Edenic, Geistesgeschichte, Hegelian idea, Kantian idea,
     Platonic form, Platonic idea, Utopian, absolute, abstract,
     academic, acme, ambition, apotheosis, apprehension, archetypal,
     archetype, archetypical, armchair, aspiration, assumption, autism,
     autistic thinking, basis, beau ideal, belief, best type,
     beyond all praise, brainstorm, calling, caprice, cause, celestial,
     chaste, chimerical, classic, classical, complete, complex idea,
     conceit, concept, conception, conceptual, conclusion, conjectural,
     conjecture, consideration, consummate, conviction, criterion,
     cynosure, defectless, dereism, dereistic thinking, dream, dreamery,
     ego ideal, epitome, estimation, eternal object, eternal universal,
     example, excellent, exemplar, exemplary, fancied, fanciful, fancy,
     fantasy, faultless, feeling, fictitious, flawless, flight of fancy,
     formal cause, goal, good example, ground, guess, guiding light,
     guiding star, heavenly, hero, high goal, highest category,
     history of ideas, hypothesis, hypothetic, hypothetical, idealism,
     idealistic, ideality, idealization, idealized, ideals, ideate,
     ideational, ideatum, idee-force, ideological, idyllic, illusory,
     image, imaginary, imaginative exercise, imagined, immaculate,
     impeccable, impractical, impracticality, impression, inclination,
     indefectible, indefective, infallible, innate idea, inspiration,
     intellection, intention, irreproachable, jewel, judgment,
     just right, lodestar, mainspring, man of men, masterpiece,
     masterwork, matter, millennial, mirror, model, moot, morals,
     motive, mythic, mythical, nonesuch, nonpareil, noosphere, notion,
     notional, noumenon, opinion, paradigm, paradigmatic, paradisal,
     paragon, pattern, pattern of perfection, peerless, percept,
     perception, perfect, persuasion, phoenix, play of fancy,
     postulatory, precedential, presumption, principle, principles,
     prototypal, prototype, pure, quintessence, quintessential,
     quixotism, quixotry, reaching high, reaction, reason, reflection,
     regulative first principle, representative, romance, romantic,
     romanticism, sake, score, sentiment, shining example, simple idea,
     sinless, source, speculation, speculative, spotless, spring,
     stainless, standard, standards, subsistent form, supposition,
     supreme, surmise, suspicion, taintless, the Absolute,
     the Absolute Idea, the Self-determined, the realized ideal,
     theoretical, theory, thought, transcendent, transcendent idea,
     transcendent nonempirical concept, transcendent universal,
     transcendental, typical, ulterior motive, unadulterated,
     unblemished, uncontaminated, unfaultable, universal,
     universal concept, universal essence, unmixed, unpracticalness,
     unreal, unrealism, unreality, unspotted, untainted, upward looking,
     utopian, utopianism, vagary, very, very model, view, visionariness,
     visionary, vocation, whim, whimsy, wish fulfillment,
     wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  IDEAL
  
     1. Ideal DEductive Applicative Language.  A language by Pier
     Bosco and Elio Giovannetti combining Miranda and Prolog.
     Function definitions can have a guard condition (introduced
     by ":-") which is a conjunction of equalities between
     arbitrary terms, including functions.  These guards are solved
     by normal Prolog resolution and unification.  It was
     originally compiled into C-Prolog but was eventually to be
     compiled to K-leaf.
  
     2. A numerical constraint language written by Van Wyk of
     Stanford in 1980 for typesetting graphics in documents.
     It was inspired partly by Metafont and is distributed as
     part of Troff.
  
     ["A High-Level Language for Specifying Pictures", C.J. Van
     Wyk, ACM Trans Graphics 1(2):163-182 (Apr 1982)].
  
     (1994-12-15)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  ideal
  
      In domain theory, a non-empty, downward closed
     subset which is also closed under binary least upper bounds.
     I.e. anything less than an element is also an element and the
     least upper bound of any two elements is also an element.
  
     (1997-09-26)
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Ideal, GA -- U.S. city in Georgia
     Population (2000):    518
     Housing Units (2000): 217
     Land area (2000):     1.165520 sq. miles (3.018682 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.165520 sq. miles (3.018682 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            40812
     Located within:       Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
     Location:             32.372918 N, 84.188822 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     31041
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Ideal, GA
      Ideal
  

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