an act or instance of combining into an whole.
an act or instance of a racial, religious, or ethnic group.
an act or instance of an organization, place of business, school, etc.
Mathematics. the operation of finding the of a function or equation, especially solving a differential equation.
behavior, as of an individual, that is in harmony with the environment.
Psychology. the organization of the constituent elements of the personality into a coordinated, harmonious whole.
Genetics. (def 2).
Contemporary Examples

A few places integrated in the 1950s, but it really took until the early- to mid-1970s for integration to take hold.
Showdown Week at the Court Michael Tomasky June 23, 2013

Kinect is the most elegant non-Apple integration of hardware and software we’ve seen in years.
What’s Hot in Electronics for 2011 David Kirkpatrick January 9, 2011

While Israel has formidable military power, real security can only come from peace and integration in the region.
The Lessons of Novembers Past Saliba Sarsar, Hussein Ibish October 14, 2012

A Sarkozy voiceover explains that integration no longer works because too many immigrants have come to France.
Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande? Tracy McNicoll May 3, 2012

Colvin said the integration of the two operations will take three to four months to complete.
Inside The New Beast Howard Kurtz November 11, 2010

Historical Examples

I agree that the laws of thought are only the integration of relations between facts.
Creative Evolution Henri Bergson

It contains the three elements; integration, differentiation and equilibration.
Evolution in Modern Thought Ernst Haeckel

In fact, integration proved to be more the rule than the exception in training black officers.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

Yet if integration under Symington was slow, it was also inevitable.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

Even as the Chamberlin Board was reconvening, another voice was added to those calling for integration.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole
the act of amalgamating a racial or religious group with an existing community
the combination of previously racially segregated social facilities into a nonsegregated system
(psychol) organization into a unified pattern, esp of different aspects of the personality into a hierarchical system of functions
the assimilation of nutritive material by the body during the process of anabolism
(maths) an operation used in calculus in which the integral of a function or variable is determined; the inverse of differentiation

1610s, from French intégration and directly from Latin integrationem (nominative integratio) “renewal, restoration,” noun of action from past participle stem of integrare (see integrate). Anti-discrimination sense is recorded from 1940 in a S.African context.

integration in·te·gra·tion (ĭn’tĭ-grā’shən)

The state of combination or the process of combining into completeness and harmony.

The organization of the psychological or social traits and tendencies of a personality into a harmonious whole.

A physiological increase or building up, as by accretion or anabolism.

A recombination event in which a genetic element is inserted.

In calculus, the process of calculating an integral. Integration is the inverse of differentiation, since integrating a given function results in a function whose derivative is the given function. Integration is used in the calculation of such things as the areas and volumes of irregular shapes and solids. Compare differentiation.

The free association of people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds (see ethnicity); a goal of the civil rights movement to overcome policies of segregation that have been practiced in the United States.

Note: Those favoring integration of schools by such forceful means as busing or affirmative action have frequently argued that integration of schools will lead to integration of society as a whole. (See separate but equal.)

Combining software or hardware components or both into an overall system.


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