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
b : idea, concept
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
4a : reflect, mirror
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 image (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 one image, Queen Elizabeth is seen smiling up at Prince Philip, while another shows a black-and-white snapshot of the longtime partners holding two of their young children. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Lana Del Rey Gets Backlash After Sharing Photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip," 10 Apr. 2021 The former naval officer helped usher in a new image for the British monarchy, one aimed at ensuring it was valued as a public good, rather than being there simply through tradition. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Prince Philip’s Death Marks New Chapter for Strained British Monarchy," 9 Apr. 2021 As shown in the image below they adoption of Optane memory in multiple industries and running many different workloads. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, "Intel’s 3rd Generation Xeon Processor Storage And Memory," 6 Apr. 2021 In one image of Floyd on the ground, paramedic Derek Smith's gloved fingers can be seen touching Floyd's carotid artery, checking for a pulse. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Trainers, use-of-force experts fault Chauvin's aggressive tactics, neck restraint," 6 Apr. 2021 In the book’s cover image, Kady cradles Pagan’s cheeks with hands freckled by age spots. Sasha Archibald, The New Yorker, "The Photo Book That Let Lesbians See Themselves," 4 Apr. 2021 Bueckers may have made history in the image of Moore, as both were the only players to be named Big East player and freshman of the year and were AP first-team All Americans as freshmen. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "After disappointing loss to Arizona, where does the UConn women’s basketball team go from here?," 3 Apr. 2021 The same image appeared in a March 23 article by the satirical website The Babylon Bee. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Altered image used to falsely claim CNN called Boulder suspect 'morally white'," 26 Mar. 2021 An image posted to Instagram by a user on another waiting cargo ship appeared to show the Ever Given wedged across the canal as shown in satellite images and data. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Massive cargo ship gets wedged sideways in Suez Canal, blocking all traffic," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The excess light doesn’t help image the sample; in fact, all that bright light may quickly burn the cell and kill it. Jen Christiansen, Scientific American, "No-Kill, High-Resolution 3-D Movies of Cells Now Possible," 21 May 2013 Some Hurons are used in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance roles, pointing antennas toward the ground to capture cell phone and other wireless signals, synthetic aperture radars to image enemy locations, and other sensors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Skunk Works Reveals Its Secret 'Speed Racer' Aircraft," 2 Mar. 2021 Valero proposed two instruments: a camera called EPIC to image clouds and other climate-influencing factors such as pollution, volcanic ash and seasonal vegetation; and a radiometer named NISTAR to measure the energy coming from Earth. Mark Zastrow, Scientific American, "Al Gore's Dream Spacecraft Gears Up for Launch," 15 Jan. 2015 The researchers hope that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope may directly image Vega and provide more evidence to backup their detection. Jamie Carter, Forbes, "Bright Star Vega, Source Of The Alien Signal In The Movie ‘Contact,’ May Have A ‘Hot Puffy Planet’ In Orbit," 11 Mar. 2021 But another technology used to image the planet, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is heating up, following a surge in public and private satellite launches. Meagan Cantwell, Science | AAAS, "A technique to track Earth’s subtle movements with orbiting radars is heating up," 5 Mar. 2021 Some of these could image and search for signs of life on small rocky planets around Alpha Centauri as well as many other nearby stars. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Is It a Planet? Astronomers Spy Promising Potential World around Alpha Centauri," 10 Feb. 2021 On July 11, 2020, during the Parker Probe's third orbit around Venus, researchers used the WISPR instrument to image the planet. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Snaps Luminous Photo of Venus," 5 Mar. 2021 Taken together, Sentinel-1, NISAR, and the other civil satellites will image most places on Earth at least every 12 hours, Rosen says. Julia Rosen, Science | AAAS, "Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/image. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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image

noun

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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