im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə- \
plural imageries

Definition of imagery

1a : pictures produced by an imaging system
b : the product of image makers : images also : the art of making images
2 : figurative language
3 : mental images especially : the products of imagination

Examples of imagery in a Sentence

The book contains a great deal of sexual imagery. The movie was full of biblical imagery.
Recent Examples on the Web Previous satellite imagery had shown other signs of activity at the thermal power plant in recent weeks. NBC News, "Satellite image shows renewed activity at North Korean nuclear lab," 30 Mar. 2021 In the Western Ghats mountain range, the nonprofit Maharashtra Vriksha Samvardhini is working to identify devrais, as the sacred groves are known here, using drones and satellite imagery. Kalpana Sunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Do not disturb: In India, traditions and science protect sacred forests," 22 Mar. 2021 The office first spotted the eruption on a webcam and later confirmed it using thermal satellite imagery. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Volcano erupts in Iceland for first time in 6,000 years," 20 Mar. 2021 Satellite imagery showing major expansions of Chinese military facilities near Taiwan, Vietnam, India and the South China Sea suggests that Gen. Xu’s advice is already being heeded. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Won’t Leave the Indo-Pacific," 15 Mar. 2021 The Australian Institute of Strategic Studies says imagery shows evidence of at least 385 of such camps in Xinjiang, which the group says vary in terms of the severity of treatment handed down there. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, "Uighur woman living in France speaks out about alleged Chinese ‘re-education’ camp horrors," 7 Mar. 2021 Experts around the globe are studying satellite imagery to understand what caused the avalanche. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Deadly floods in India point to a looming climate emergency in the Himalayas," 19 Feb. 2021 Global Fishing Watch used satellite imagery and other maritime monitoring technologies to track the number of squid fishing ships over the May to November fishing season. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea's 'dark' fishing fleet went quiet in 2020, likely pressuring the country's imperiled food supply," 20 Jan. 2021 Copy, when written correctly, can be more compelling than imagery. Yec, Forbes, "Why Aren’t You Using The Cheapest Form Of Advertising?," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of imagery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for imagery

Middle English ymagerie "images portrayed in sculpture, painting, etc.," borrowed from Anglo-French, from ymage, image image entry 1 + -erie -ery

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4 Apr 2021

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“Imagery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imagery

technical : pictures or photographs
: language that causes people to imagine pictures in their mind
: pictures of people or things in a work of art


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə- \

Kids Definition of imagery

: pictures or photographs of something satellite imagery


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) \
plural imageries

Medical Definition of imagery

: mental images eidetic imagery especially : the products of imagination psychotic imagery

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