image

noun
im·​age | \ ˈi-mij How to pronounce image (audio) \

Definition of image

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a(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 justice— Herbert Brownell
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 concern— R. C. Buck
4a : exact likeness : semblance God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27 (Revised Standard Version)
b : a person strikingly like another person she is the image of her mother
5a : 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
9 : a set of values given by a mathematical function (such as a homomorphism) that corresponds to a particular subset of the domain

image

verb
imaged; imaging

Definition of image (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
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

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Verb

imager \ ˈi-​mi-​jər How to pronounce imager (audio) \ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In New York City, photographers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture images of the almost-full moon behind the Statue of Liberty. Fox News, "Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky," 9 Feb. 2020 Thomma, 32, reportedly posted images of his rampage online. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Thai soldier kills 20 in mall shooting spree," 8 Feb. 2020 For the full list of Alabama’s 67 counties and their higher education rate, scroll to below the second image of this post. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Which are the best educated counties in Alabama?," 8 Feb. 2020 Chaotic images of packed fever clinics swamped state television, with countless people turned away and asked to quarantine themselves at home. National Geographic, "‘I can’t wait to hold my kids again’: Life inside Wuhan’s quarantine," 6 Feb. 2020 Police also reported finding images of Winkelbach exposing himself to a toddler and having the girl handle his genitals. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "78-year-old Green Township man now faces federal child sex abuse charges," 6 Feb. 2020 As suggested by the game’s name, images of geese feature heavily on most game boards. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 Through the applause that followed — mostly from Republicans — and images of Democrats looking angry and remaining seated, viewers could hear Guttenberg yell out. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Parkland father ejected from of State of the Union for yelling out as Trump touted gun rights," 5 Feb. 2020 The teaser image Lego released to announce the set shows a sports-car profile that looks a lot like the upcoming Sián, and the three bars of light in the background are unquestionably similar to the Sián's headlights. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Lego Releasing 1:8 Lamborghini Set—Probably the Sián—This Summer," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb South Africa’s 64-dish MeerKAT telescope is set to grow by almost one-third, significantly increasing its sensitivity and ability to image the far reaches of the universe. Sarah Wild, Science | AAAS, "This powerful observatory studying the formation of galaxies is getting a massive, $54 million expansion," 7 Feb. 2020 The researchers used the ALMA radio telescope array, along with data from the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment, to image the nebula. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Two Distant Stars Are Locked in an Explosive Battle," 5 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile the Solar Orbiter has the capability to directly image the sun from its close-up vantage point—something the Parker Solar Probe lacks. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Home Star Stunner: Best Ever Images of Solar Surface Herald New Era," 29 Jan. 2020 The name of coronavirus comes from its shape, which resembles a crown or solar corona when imaged using an electron microscope. Haitao Guo, BostonGlobe.com, "Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China," 24 Jan. 2020 The Hitachi Healthcare Innovation Center of Excellence will use advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop a new generation of imaging technology, the company said in a press release. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Hitachi Healthcare Americas announces new R&D facility in Twinsburg this year," 21 Jan. 2020 In 2018, scientists harnessed sophisticated X-ray and imaging technology to reveal a lost painting and other details hidden in a Picasso masterpiece. Fox News, "Centuries-old painting discovered in cathedral souvenir shop may be work of Renaissance master," 15 Jan. 2020 The name of coronavirus comes from its shape, which resembles a crown or solar corona when imaged using an electron microscope. Haitao Guo, BostonGlobe.com, "Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China," 24 Jan. 2020 The name of coronavirus comes from its shape, which resembles a crown or solar corona when imaged using an electron microscope. Haitao Guo, Scientific American, "Snakes Could Be the Original Source of the New Coronavirus Outbreak in China," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of image

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for image

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

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

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Last Updated

11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/image. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for image

image

noun
How to pronounce image (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of image

: a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc.
: a mental picture : the thought of how something looks or might look
: the idea that people have about someone or something

image

noun
im·​age | \ ˈi-mij How to pronounce image (audio) \

Kids Definition of image

1 : a picture or reflection of something produced by a device (as a mirror or lens) We watched the images on the screen.
2 : someone who looks very much like another She is the image of her mother.
3 : the thought of how something looks An image appeared in his head of his parents hugging each other and crying.— Louis Sachar, Holes
4 : a representation (as a picture or statue) of something
5 : an idea of what someone or something is like He has an image as a troublemaker.

image

noun
im·​age | \ ˈim-ij How to pronounce image (audio) \

Medical Definition of image

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 image— John 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

verb
imaged; imaging

Medical Definition of image (Entry 2 of 2)

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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