image

1 of 2

noun

im·​age ˈi-mij How to pronounce image (audio)
1
a
: a visual representation of something: such as
(1)
: a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material
(2)
: a picture produced on an electronic display (such as a television or computer screen)
b
: the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (such as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device
2
a(1)
: a mental picture or impression of something
had a negative body image of herself
(2)
: a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation
a disorderly courtroom can seriously tarnish a community's image of justiceHerbert Brownell
b
3
: a popular conception (as of a person, institution, or nation) projected especially through the mass media
promoting a corporate image of brotherly love and concernR. C. Buck
4
a
: exact likeness : semblance
God created man in his own imageGenesis 1:27 (Revised Standard Version)
b
: a person strikingly like another person
she is the image of her mother
5
a
: a tangible or visible representation : incarnation
the image of filial devotion
b
archaic : an illusory form : apparition
6
: a vivid or graphic representation or description
7
: a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing
especially : an imitation in solid form : statue
8
9
: a set of values given by a mathematical function (such as a homomorphism) that corresponds to a particular subset of the domain

image

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verb

imaged; imaging

transitive verb

1
a
: to create a representation of
also : to form an image of
imaged Jupiter's rings
image the bone using X-rays
b
: to represent symbolically
2
: to call up a mental picture of : imagine
3
: to describe or portray in language especially in a vivid manner
4
b
: to make appear : project
5
: to make a disk image of
Many computer forensics programs now include the option of imaging a suspect drive.Yvonne Jewkes
imager noun

Examples of image in a Sentence

Noun She studied her image in the mirror. The kids sat staring at the images on the TV screen. painters capturing images of war black-and-white images of the city His poem evokes images of the sea and warm summer days. He is trying hard to improve his image. The law suit has negatively affected the company's public image. a politician who cares more about image than about telling the truth Verb in the painting Sacagawea is imaged as an intrepid woman pointing the way for Lewis and Clark the brochure images a vacation at the resort in language that makes you want to make a reservation this instant See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For the rest of the film, you’re hit with a stunning series of images of all the earth has to offer, from the peaceful serenity of a seaside cave to the clamoring bustle of the modern metropolis. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 The book showcases historical images alongside the author’s own ink drawings, and its robust recipe section has more than 100 dishes, from French onion soup to Ecuadorian encebollado stew to the Gibson cocktail, which is garnished with a pickled onion. Devorah Lev-Tov, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 In addition to text-to-video capabilities, Stable Video Diffusion can transform your still images into videos by adding motion. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Some retailers have also began working with law enforcement authorities, dubbed Project Pegasus, by scanning CCTV camera images of shoplifters and using facial recognition software to help identify offenders. Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 21 Nov. 2023 The last charming image of Elizabeth with her son Charles at Clarence House in 1950 comes at a time when Beaton had been photographing the royal for eight years. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 In one image, Ali and Warda watch over them, their expressions tender but anxious. Hajar Harb, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Israeli tanks operate in an unspecified location in Gaza in an image released by Israel on Tuesday. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 The images document their friendship, beginning in the basement of the Marc store, and across hotels in New York and Los Angeles and in both of their homes. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023
Verb
Unlike Alzheimer’s disease — which can be confirmed through brain imaging scans and cerebrospinal fluid tests — there is not one simple test to confirm whether someone has frontotemporal dementia. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 Hubble has previously imaged the core of the Hidden Galaxy, but Euclid takes a wider view, as seen in the image at the top of this page. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 8 Nov. 2023 As such, coded aperture imaging often finds use in X-ray and gamma-ray cameras on space missions. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Oct. 2023 This arc shorted the battery packs that provided power to the upper stage, which could not fire its engine and deploy a radar imaging satellite for Capella Space. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2023 They’re used for everything from generating beams of brilliant light to manufacturing electronics to imaging the body and treating cancer. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2023 Previously, evanescent waves have been detected by placing a photoconductive probe right next to the object being imaged, which can distort the results. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2023 These workers attend surgeries, run imaging equipment and assist in outpatient clinics. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Minasian suggested the Angels were proactive, offering to do imaging exams after Ohtani reported a finger cramp on Aug. 3. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, "effigy, figure, mental impression of something observed, reflection, resemblance," borrowed from Anglo-French, shortened from imagene, borrowed from Latin imāgin-, imāgō "representation, reflection, apparition, semblance, copy, visible form," from imā- (probably the stem of an otherwise unattested verb *imārī with the same base as imitārī "to follow as a pattern, copy") + -gin-, -gō, denominal or deverbal noun suffix — more at imitate

Verb

Middle English imagen, in part derivative of image image entry 1, in part borrowed from Middle French ymagier "to imagine," derivative of image

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of image was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near image

Cite this Entry

“Image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/image. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

image

1 of 2 noun
im·​age ˈim-ij How to pronounce image (audio)
1
: something (as a statue) made to look like a person or thing
2
: a picture of an object formed by a device (as a mirror, lens, or electronic system)
3
: a likeness or picture produced on a photographic material or electronic display screen
4
: a person who looks very much like another
5
a
: a mental picture of something not actually present
b
: a mental picture created by words
c
: a popular idea of what something or someone is that is created especially by advertising and publicity

image

2 of 2 verb
imaged; imaging
1
: to describe in words or pictures
2
: to form an image of
3

Medical Definition

image

1 of 2 noun
im·​age ˈim-ij How to pronounce image (audio)
1
a
: the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device see real image, virtual image
b
: a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material
2
: a mental picture or impression of something
had a negative body image of herself
: as
a(1)
: a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation
the compassionate small-town family doctor, an image that the AMA deeply admiresCurrent Biography
(2)
: an idealized conception of a person and especially a parent that is formed by an infant or child, is retained in the unconscious, and influences behavior in later life
the overwhelming influence of the mother imageJohn Messenger

called also imago

b
: the memory of a perception in psychology that is modified by subsequent experience
also : the representation of the source of a stimulus on a receptor mechanism

image

2 of 2 verb
imaged; imaging

transitive verb

1
: to call up a mental picture of : imagine
2
: to create a representation of
also : to form an image of
the liver was imaged
the animals were anesthetized and imaged with a gamma camera R. T. Proffitt et al.

intransitive verb

: to form an image

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