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 const-tuent elements of the personality into a coordinated, harmonious whole.
genetics. (def 2).
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 -ssimilation 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 -ssociation 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.)

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