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1a representation of the external form of a person or thing in art. a visible impression obtained by a camera, telescope, microscope, or other device, or displayed on a computer or video screen. an optical appearance or counterpart produced by light or other radiation from an object reflected in a mirror or refracted through a lens. Mathematics a point or set formed by mapping from another point or set. Computing an exact copy of a computer’s hard disk, made for backing up data or setting up new machines. a mental representation or idea:he had an image of Uncle Walter throwing his crutches away [in singular] a person or thing that closely resembles another:he’s the image of his father 2a simile or metaphor:he uses the image of a hole to describe emotional emptiness 3the general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public:she strives to project an image of youth [in singular] semblance or likeness:we are made in the image of God (in biblical use) an idol.
verb [with object]
make a representation of the external form of:artworks that imaged women’s bodies make 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 Computing make an exact copy of (a computer’s hard disk):the hard disk drive should be imaged using a specialized bitstream backup product form a mental picture or idea of:it is possible for us to image a society in which no one committed crime