Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
    the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone
  2. (noun, artifact) a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
    a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them
  3. (noun, attribute) the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public
    the company tried to project an altruistic image
  4. (noun, attribute) (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
  5. (noun, cognition) an iconic mental representation
  6. (noun, cognition) a standard or typical example
    he provided America with an image of the good father
  7. (noun, communication) language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
  8. (noun, group) (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined
  9. (noun, person) someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)
    she's the very image of her mother
  10. (verb, creation) imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    I can see what will happen
    I can see a risk in this strategy
  11. (verb, perception) render visible, as by means of MRI

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Image

  1. early 13c., "artificial representation that looks like a person or thing," from O.Fr. image, earlier imagene (11c.), from L. imaginem (nom. imago) "copy, statue, picture, idea, appearance," from stem of imitari "to copy, imitate" (see imitate). Meaning "reflection in a mirror" is early 14c. The mental sense was in Latin, and appears in English… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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