image

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

Essential Meaning of image

1 : a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc. She studied her image in the mirror. The kids sat staring at the images on the TV screen. See More Examplespainters capturing images of war black-and-white images of the cityHide
2 : a mental picture : the thought of how something looks or might look I can't get the image (of the accident) out of my mind. When you told the story I got this image (in my mind) of you as a child. His poem evokes images of the sea and warm summer days.
3 : the idea that people have about someone or something She is worried about what motherhood will do to her image [=reputation] as a rock star. He is trying hard to improve/protect his image. See More ExamplesThe law suit has negatively affected the company's public image. a tarnished corporate image a politician who cares more about image than about telling the truthHide

Full 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

Other Words from image

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 Klein, who has been open online about his body image and mental health, took the comparisons in stride. NBC News, 5 Jan. 2022 Lizzo is all about self-love at every single size and empowering people to appreciate their bodies, but she's admitted that there are plenty of times when she's struggled with her own body image. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 As for Sheikh Mohammed, the scandal appears to have permanently tarnished his image abroad. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, 4 Jan. 2022 Commentary about Vance from Never-Trumpers and liberals tends to strike a note of personal chagrin about his evolving image. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 The book depicts a young McDaniels in 3rd grade, discovering a love of poetry and learning to love the glasses that would someday be an iconic part of his image. Al Shipley, SPIN, 4 Jan. 2022 Yeison Pimentel, of Dorchester, turned himself in after seeing his image on bpdnews.com, Boston police said in a statement. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2022 There were no words on the signs, just her image, adapted from a photo of her competing in her Olympic leotard. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 The Galaxy S21 launch colors included violet, pink, grey, and white (see top image). Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With its enhanced ability to image infrared light, JWST will be able to see stars and galaxies that are much older -- ones that were born a mere 200 million years after the Big Bang -- maybe even older. Don Lincoln, CNN, 24 Dec. 2021 According to CBS News, researchers plan to continuing studying the fossil and will attempt to image its anatomy. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 23 Dec. 2021 One thing the teams want to do is image the internal anatomy of the creature. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 Dec. 2021 It’s part of a suite of new space telescopes that together will deliver on three priority scientific areas that should motivate investments over the next decade: discover, explore and image habitable exoplanets. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 These wavelets have proved so sensitive to image analysis that experts have used them to distinguish original Vincent van Gogh paintings from forgeries. Quanta Magazine, 13 Oct. 2021 The telescope will directly image giant planets and survey the planets orbiting white dwarfs across our galaxy, providing scientists with a better ratio of how many are destroyed by stellar evolution and how many survive. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Short range mapping occurs with radar whereas the telescopes can only image at very long range due to the long integration times involved. Sabbir Rangwala, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Figure 3 shows raw point cloud data (front and top views) created with 8 units to image a 220°x13° FoV for a particular automotive OEM customer. Sabbir Rangwala, Forbes, 28 Oct. 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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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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