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Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪdʒ/

Definition of image in English:


1A representation of the external form of a person or thing in art: her work juxtaposed images from serious and popular art
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  • 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: Voyager 2 sent back images of the planet Neptune
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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.
optical representation, reproduction
1.2An optical appearance or counterpart produced by light 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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  • For one thing, there will be two versions: the Internet download version, and the CD version (which we want to also be downloadable as a CD image).
  • 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.
1.5A mental representation or idea: I had a sudden image of Sal bringing me breakfast in bed
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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.
mental picture, mental representation, conceptualization, vision, fancy, thought
1.6 [in singular] A person or thing that closely resembles another: he’s the image of his father
double, living image, replica, lookalike, clone, copy, reproduction, twin, duplicate, exact likeness, facsimile, counterpart, mirror image;
German Doppelgänger
informal very spit, dead spit, spitting image, chip off the old block, ringer, dead ringer
archaic similitude
1.7 [in singular] Semblance or likeness: 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.
1.8(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.
idol, icon, fetish, false god, golden calf, totem, talisman
2The 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, public conception, public impression, persona, profile, face, identity, front, facade, mask, guise, role, part;
portrayal, depiction
3A 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.
figure of speech, trope, figurative expression, turn of phrase, rhetorical device, conceit;


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1Make a representation of the external form of: artworks which 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: (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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  • A multicast image can configure multiple systems simultaneously; conversely, you also can image multiple servers or workstations.
  • They can even image your computers at night, to avoid inevitable discussions by the water cooler.
  • 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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  • In fact, when I was in prison I taught a class on how to stop smoking and we had people imaging themselves smoke free, you know.
  • Presumably this is the lexicographic inspiration for the Star Trek species the Ferengi, though the person who imaged the Ferengi language here was certainly not patterning it on French, ancient or modern.
  • Many people image that the era of the Open Range in the American West was the era of the small rancher.
envisage, envision, imagine, conceive of, picture, dream up, see in one's mind's eye


Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪdʒləs/
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  • 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.


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 ’.

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