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 Photographer Hannah Reyes Morales took this image of Marta, a survivor of assault, with her husband, Apolinar, in their home in the Philippines. National Geographic, "How did we pick 2019's 100 best photos?," 29 Nov. 2019 But Trump tweeted an image of his head superimposed on the muscular body of a champion boxer. Arkansas Online, "Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe," 27 Nov. 2019 Trump tweeted an image of his head superimposed on the muscular body of a champion boxer. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Trump knew of whistleblower before releasing Ukraine aid," 27 Nov. 2019 Police said a search of Harrison’s cell phone and tablet showed pornographic images of children. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview police arrest Evanston man accused of multiple child pornography crimes," 27 Nov. 2019 One of the drivers implicated had his license suspended after he was caught peddling indecent images of children, a spokesman for Transport for London said. Amy Thomson And Nate Lanxon, courant.com, "Uber’s London ban marks global backlash for ride-hailing giants," 27 Nov. 2019 That’s how Chandra generates beautiful images of objects in space that couldn’t be otherwise seen—all of which started out as wild scientific ideas. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Chandra Telescope Observes Two Decades of Turning Theory Into Reality," 26 Nov. 2019 The image of Joe Namath running toward the Orange Bowl tunnel with his index finger up, celebrating the AFL New York Jets’ 16-7 upset of the Colts, remains burned in the collective consciousness. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "The reality of Jim Harbaugh's Michigan football situation: 'You better win the big one'," 26 Nov. 2019 His leap over Justin Strong becomes the iconic image of the rout. oregonlive, "Civil War football history: The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers’ 122 meetings, game by game," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Descartes Labs and Planet Labs are using imaging analysis for fire weather prediction. Andrew Freedman, Washington Post, "The weather is big business, and it’s veering toward a collision with the federal government," 25 Nov. 2019 More effective imaging right in the backyard of residents in Montgomery County and this technology has become a plus point for the facility because now their patients won’t have to travel to their downtown location to get these scans done. Laraib Hashmi, Houston Chronicle, "New cardiovascular imaging technology adds level of diagnosis at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital," 20 Nov. 2019 Starting in the early 2000s, imaging tools like MRIs gave scientists the insight that some cortical shrinking is common in older adults. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How the human brain stays young even as we age," 19 Nov. 2019 The procedure involves placing a tube into a major artery and using special dyes to image the heart’s blood vessels. BostonGlobe.com, "The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.," 17 Nov. 2019 The procedure involves placing a tube into a major artery and using special dyes to image the heart's blood vessels. Marilynn Marchione, Anchorage Daily News, "Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures," 16 Nov. 2019 And a clinical trial is evaluating an imaging agent based on another minute protein in scorpion venom, designed to highlight the borders of tumors so that surgeons can remove them more precisely. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New universe of miniproteins is upending cell biology and genetics," 17 Oct. 2019 Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its partnership with the state and the San Francisco Earth-imaging company Planet on Wednesday. Kathleen Ronayne, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bloomberg, California team on climate satellites," 25 Sep. 2019 On-site lab and imaging services available as well. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Village ER to offer Halloween candy X-ray screenings," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Image.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/image?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=image001. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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