AskDefine | Define gestalt

Dictionary Definition

gestalt n : a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts [also: gestalten (pl)]

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Gestalt, shape, figure, form


gestalt (sometimes capitalized)
  1. A collection of physical, biological, psychological or symbolic entities that creates a unified concept, configuration or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts (of a character, personality, or being; in German also of a geometric or graphical shape, etc.).
    This biography is the first one to consider fully the writer's gestalt.

Extensive Definition

Die Gestalt is a German word for form or shape. It is used in English to refer to a concept of 'wholeness' (see wiktionary). Gestalt may also refer to:
gestalt in Arabic: غيشتالت
gestalt in German: Gestalt
gestalt in Dutch: Gestalt
gestalt in Japanese: ゲシュタルト
gestalt in Polish: Gestalt
gestalt in Swedish: Gestalt

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