intricate vs integral :

intricate or integral

An integral part of a machine, organization, or idea is a necessary, inseparable part of it. Many people mistakenly substitute “intricate” for “integral” in the phrase “an integral part.”A very simple bit of metal can be an integral part of an intricate machine.

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Definitions

  • s  having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
    intricate lacework

  • n  the result of a mathematical integration; F(x) is the integral of f(x) if dF/dx = f(x)
  • s  existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  • s  constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged
    a local motion keepeth bodies integral"- Bacon
  • a  of or denoted by an integer
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