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image Syllabification: im·age

Definition of image in English:


1A representation of the external form of a person or thing in art.
Example sentences
  • Abstract paintings abandon images of the external world, speaking instead directly to people's internal thought processes.
  • The ‘Groundview’ series of paintings uses different images to represent the ground as space.
  • Like the sculpture, the images represent a very naive viewpoint in the art world.
1.1A visible impression obtained by a camera, telescope, microscope, or other device, or displayed on a computer or video screen.
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  • There's software included to take video clips or still images with your camera and send them via email.
  • Increasing numbers of families have digital and video cameras to take images of their children.
  • This complexity has lead to beautiful and amazing images obtained with modern telescopes.
1.2An optical appearance or counterpart produced by light or other radiation from an object reflected in a mirror or refracted through a lens.
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  • These eyes use a single lens to focus images onto a light detector called a retina.
  • Refractive errors mean that the shape of the eye doesn't refract, or bend, light properly, so images appear blurred.
  • The short effective focal length provides focused images at distances from lens contact to near infinity, even in air.
1.3 Mathematics A point or set formed by mapping from another point or set.
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  • Maybe one day it will be sufficient to think about the images involved in a mathematical idea or proof, and a computer will compute the underlying equations for us.
  • In his doctoral dissertation of 1934 he considered permutation groups whose elements are determined by the images of three points.
  • But to determine the center of a spiral similarity one only needs one segment and its image.
1.4 Computing An exact copy of a computer’s hard disk, made for backing up data or setting up new machines.
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  • Here, the program re-created a 490MB hard drive image in the foreground while we converted ten WAV files into MP3s in the background.
  • Next, an image of the drive can be created using tools such as Norton Ghost or Power Quest Drive Image.
  • RAID 1 (known as "mirroring") creates an identical image of data from one drive to a second drive or from multiple drives to a second set of multiple drives.
1.5A mental representation or idea: he had an image of Uncle Walter throwing his crutches away
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  • The brain requires practice at forming those mental images in order to absorb increasingly complex or abstract ideas in later life.
  • More than any other, there is deconstructionism, according to which the images and ideas that constitute culture are deconstructed.
  • His mental image is not a representation of a tree.
conception, impression, idea, perception, notion;
mental picture, vision;
character, reputation;
appearance, semblance
1.6 [in singular] A person or thing that closely resembles another: he’s the image of his father
double, living image, look-alike, clone, copy, twin, duplicate, exact likeness, mirror image, doppelgänger
archaic similitude
2A simile or metaphor: he uses the image of a hole to describe emotional emptiness
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  • I listened for recurring images, words, metaphors, and contradictions in the narrative.
  • In other words, for all the images and metaphors music often presents us with, an album cover is its tangible embodiment.
  • Evidently, only the images and metaphors of fiction could do justice to the welter of searing impressions.
simile, metaphor, metonymy;
figure of speech, trope, turn of phrase;
3The general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public: she strives to project an image of youth
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  • The entry points to the open space will be well defined with landscape elements and will be treated in such a manner as to present an image of public space.
  • I smiled a lot and presented an image to the public that all was fine.
  • There have been attempts to present a more open image to the public.
public perception, persona, profile, reputation, stature, standing;
face, front, facade, mask, guise
3.1 [in singular] Semblance or likeness: we are made in the image of God
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  • They want to spoil the divine likeness of man made in the image of God.
  • His is the pure logic of fiction, shaping a world in the image of the art that depicts it.
  • In the 1980s the two institutions launched a crusade to remake the world in the image of the free market.
3.2(In biblical use) an idol.
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  • Mystics throughout the ages have understood how the holy fire burns away the superficial images and idols we erect.
  • While the church saw the importance of art as a method of instruction, it also faced a biblical injunction against images.
  • I also don't know of any religion that has no idol or image of its God.


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1Make a representation of the external form of: artworks that imaged women’s bodies
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  • We question the motivations of those who make the images, while the real people imaged in these photographs die unacknowledged.
  • He might have pointed out, for example, that one reason why Yahweh is not to be imaged is that the only depiction of Him is provided by human beings.
  • The female body imaged in the film is not abstract, generalised or idealised.
1.1Make a visual representation of (something) by scanning it with a detector or electromagnetic beam: every point on the Earth’s surface was imaged by the satellite (as noun imaging) medical imaging
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  • E-mail and medical imaging applications represent good examples for the data aging profile described here.
  • Internal textures were imaged using backscattered electrons and cathodoluminescence.
  • The acoustic imaging sensors help detect mines and other potentially hazardous objects.
1.2 Computing Make an exact copy of (a computer’s hard disk): the hard disk drive should be imaged using a specialized bitstream backup product
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  • That's an extremely significant difference when you need to image a large disk and do not want multiple disks per volume.
  • Being unable to image those files means that the product cannot work in the Windows environment.
  • The advanced technology in leading-edge imaging products is not how they create a partition, but rather, how they image the disk.
1.3Form a mental picture or idea of: it is possible for us to image a society in which no one committed crime
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  • Try to image a child with painful wounds similar to burns covering most of his or her body.
  • I would image he's been under difficult conditions over the last 8 months.
  • I just can't image what would have taken them all away at once with no word.
envisage, envision, imagine, picture, see in one's mind's eye


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin imago; related to imitate.

  • The word image goes back to Latin imago ‘imitation, likeness, idea’, also behind imitation (Late Middle English). Imagine (Middle English) is closely related, coming from a combination of Latin imaginare ‘form an image of, represent’ and imaginari ‘picture to oneself ’.



Pronunciation: /ˈimijləs/
Example sentences
  • The notion of a single cybernetic organism is rejected in favor of a body-without-organs, ‘an imageless, organless body [which is] perpetually reinserted into the process of production’.
  • Listening to radio via television is a curious experience as you stare blankly at an imageless blue screen while your ears do all the work.
  • Somewhere in the centre is ‘the still point of the turning world’, to use Eliot's imageless image.

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