Definition of image in English:

image

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪdʒ
 
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noun

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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
picture, facsimile, photograph, snapshot, photo; 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.
Synonyms
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: 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.
Synonyms
conception, impression, idea, concept, perception, notion; 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
Synonyms
double, living image, replica, lookalike, clone, copy, reproduction, twin, duplicate, exact likeness, facsimile, counterpart, mirror image; GermanDoppelgänger
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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
simile, metaphor, metonymy; figure of speech, trope, figurative expression, turn of phrase, rhetorical device, conceit; word painting, word picture

verb

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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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  • 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.
Synonyms
envisage, envision, imagine, conceive of, picture, dream up, see in one's mind's eye

Origin

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

Derivatives

imageless

adjective
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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.

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