image

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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 justice Herbert 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 concern R. C. Buck
4
a
: 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
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

Example Sentences

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
If you're not already sold, the video and image reviews speak for themselves with how much hair shoppers have pulled up from their furniture. Carly Kulzer, Peoplemag, 26 Nov. 2022 But the disturbing image hadn’t set in for some employees, including Briana Tyler, who had just been hired at the store. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 In a recent interview with China Business Journal, Wei cited brand image as a major hurdle, especially in Europe and the United States. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2022 Williams has been public in boosting Auburn’s image in his time at the helm. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 25 Nov. 2022 In contrast, others believe the protest impacted the company’s public image more than production capacity. José Adorno, BGR, 25 Nov. 2022 But for a moment, when the team at NASA released the first James Webb Space Telescope image and the universe was revealed in ways never seen before, the world was unified in wonder. Time, 23 Nov. 2022 Spielberg remains one of the industry's great storyboard artists—a master sequencer who knows how to pull audiences along through a narrative, from one iconic image to the next. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 23 Nov. 2022 As far as balancing cost to image quality, this screen is arguably the best value OLED on the market. Eric Ravenscraft Matt Jancer, WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022
Verb
The team then used cutting-edge microscopy techniques to image how this viral transfer occurred. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 20 July 2022 While a very powerful personal camera might have megapixel resolution, astronomers have constructed a device that will image the distant universe with 3.2 gigapixel resolution. WIRED, 20 Oct. 2022 To capture these brilliant images in such crisp detail, the Small World participants used an array of techniques ranging from fluorescent staining, which makes tissues glow under certain light, to image stacking, which increases the depth of field. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 The James Webb Space Telescope was able to image the planet through various infrared light filters while blocking the light from its parent star. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 1 Sep. 2022 Deep learning has the potential to solve big real-world problems, from curing diseases (subscription required) to image analysis to delivering effective cyber defense to ending traffic deaths. Douglas Mcdowell, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The camera uses the red LED for in situ illumination and captures that image with its sensors, then repeats the process with the green and blue LEDs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 The other cubesats will study lunar ice with a spectrometer, image the moon and the spacecraft, test airbags in a lunar crash landing, and probe other research questions. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2022 Over a period of 208 hours, the project will image a piece of the sky called COSMOS that is three times the size of the full moon. Sumeet Kulkarni, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 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 4 Dec. 2022.

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

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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 admires Current 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

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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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