What is idea?

  • (noun): (music) melodic subject of a musical composition.
    Example: "The accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
    Synonyms: theme, melodic theme, musical theme
    See also — Additional definitions below


An idea is a concept or mental impression. Very often, ideas are construed as representational images; i.e. images of some object. In other contexts, ideas are taken to be concepts, although abstract concepts do not necessarily appear as images. Many philosophers consider ideas to be a fundamental ontological category of being. The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be an essential and defining feature of human beings. In a popular sense, an idea arises in a reflex, spontaneous manner, even without thinking or serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place.

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Reed Hastings - Founding of Netflix
... "I got the idea for Netflix after my company was acquired," said Hastings ... wanted." Hastings said that when he founded Netflix, he had no idea whether or not customers would use the service ... service, but the subscription model was one of a few ideas we had—so there was no Aha! moment ...
Relationship of Ideas To Modern Legal Time- and Scope-limited Monopolies - Relationship of Ideas To Confidentiality Agreements
... nondisclosure agreements are legal instruments that assist corporations and individuals in keeping ideas from escaping to the general public ...
... Associationism is the idea that mental processes operate by the association of one state with its successor states ... The idea is first recorded in Plato and Aristotle, especially with regard to the succession of memories ... and the "Associationist School", see Association of Ideas ...

More definitions of "idea":

  • (noun): An approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth.
    Example: "A rough idea how long it would take"
    Synonyms: estimate, estimation, approximation
  • (noun): The content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about.
    Example: "It was not a good idea"
    Synonyms: thought
  • (noun): A personal view.
    Example: "He has an idea that we don't like him"
  • (noun): Your intention; what you intend to do.
    Example: "The idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
    Synonyms: mind

Famous quotes containing the word idea:

    Allusion has been made to [Proust’s] contempt for the literature that “describes,” for the realists and naturalists worshipping the offal of experience, prostrate before the epidermis and the swift epilepsy, and content to transcribe the surface, the façade, behind which the Idea is prisoner.
    Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)

    I had the idea that there were two worlds. There was a real world as I called it, a world of wars and boxing clubs and children’s homes on back streets, and this real world was a world where orphans burned orphans.... I liked the other world in which almost everyone lived. The imaginary world.
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923)

    Politics has been called the “art of the possible,” and it actually is a realm akin to art insofar as, like art, it occupies a creatively mediating position between spirit and life, the idea and reality.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)