Concept vs Definition - What's the difference?

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In context|programming|lang=en terms the difference between concept and definition

is that concept is (programming)   in generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics while definition is (programming) a statement which provides a previous declaration with a value or body of a subroutine (in the case of function).

As nouns the difference between concept and definition

is that concept is an understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept) while definition is (semantics) a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol (dictionary definitions).

concept

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept).
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  • , date = 2011-07-20 , author = Edwin Mares , title = Propositional Functions , site = The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy , url = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2011/entries/propositional-function , accessdate = 2012-07-15 }}
    Frege's concepts are very nearly propositional functions in the modern sense. Frege explicitly recognizes them as functions. Like Peirce's rhema, a concept is unsaturated . They are in some sense incomplete. Although Frege never gets beyond the metaphorical in his description of the incompleteness of concepts and other functions, one thing is clear: the distinction between objects and functions is the main division in his metaphysics. There is something special about functions that makes them very different from objects.
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  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts' are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological ' concept ?}}
  • (programming)   In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics.
  • Synonyms

    * conception * notion * abstraction

    Hyponyms

    * conceptualization, conceptualisation, conceptuality * notion * scheme * rule, regulation * property, attribute, dimension * abstraction, abstract * quantity * part, section, division * whole * law, natural law, law of nature * hypothesis * possibility * theory * fact * rule

    Derived terms

    * concept car * concept map * high-concept * macroconcept * microconcept * primitive concept * proof of concept

    See also

    * essential * fundamental * idea * meaning * pattern * thought

    definition

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (semantics) A statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol (dictionary definitions).
  • A statement expressing the essential nature of something; formulation
  • The action or process of defining.
  • The act of defining; determination of the limits.
  • A product of defining.
  • The action or power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear.
  • Her comic genius is beyond definition .
  • Clarity of visual presentation, distinctness of outline or detail.
  • The definition of a telescope.
    Improve the definition of an image.
  • Clarity, especially of musical sound in reproduction.
  • Sharp demarcation of outlines or limits.
  • A jacket with distinct waist definition .
  • (bodybuilding) The degree to which individual muscles are distinct on the body.
  • (programming) A statement which provides a previous declaration with a value or body of a subroutine (in the case of function).
  • (mathematics) A statement that establishes the referent of a term or notation.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * circular definition * conceptual definition * definition by example * definition by pointing * dictionary definition * enumerative definition * extensional definition * intensional definition * lexical definition * operational definition * ostensive definition * precising definition * recursive definition * stipulative definition * working definition