Definition of imaginary in English:

imaginary

Line breaks: im¦agin|ary
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmadʒɪn(ə)ri
 
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adjective

  • 2 Mathematics (Of a number or quantity) expressed in terms of the square root of a negative number (usually the square root of −1, represented by i or j). See also complex.
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    • What was most perplexing was that in using these subtle and imaginary numbers it was possible to solve cubic equations.
    • The idea is based on an ingenious use of the properties of imaginary numbers.
    • It also only worked, he noted, when certain imaginary parts of two complex numbers cancelled out.

Derivatives

imaginarily

adverb
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  • Symbolically excluded, imaginarily plagued by the fury of vanishment, yet omnipresent, disgust marks the position of a tabooed reality: one that never stops returning to the field of the aesthetic in order once again to be ejected.
  • For him, of course, a crucial analytical sleight of words is needed to disentangle this collapse of the symbolic ego ideal and the ideal ego fixed on the imaginarily loaded object.
  • Her sapphire gaze traveled across the room as if watching a film of her own past imaginarily.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin imaginarius, from imago, imagin- 'image'.

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