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Image Definition

Images are representations of sensations perceived through the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Visual images are the most common e.g. William Carlos Williams' famous:  'a red wheel/barrow/glazed with rain/water'. However, images can rely on any of the senses. 'Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn' from Keats' To Autumn is an example of an auditory image.

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[n] a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
[n] a visual representation of an object or scene or person produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
[n] (Jungian psychology) a personal facade one presents to the world; "a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty"
[n] an iconic mental representation; "her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate"
[n] a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
[n] language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
[n] someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor); "he could be Gingrich's double"; "she's the very image of her mother"
[v] imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"

Misc. Definitions

\Im"age\, n. [F., fr. L. imago, imaginis, from the root of imitari to imitate. See {Imitate}, and cf. {Imagine}.]
1. An imitation, representation, or similitude of any person, thing, or act, sculptured, drawn, painted, or otherwise made perceptible to the sight; a visible presentation; a copy; a likeness; an effigy; a picture; a semblance. Even like a stony image, cold and numb. --Shak. Whose is this image and superscription? --Matt. xxii. 20. This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna. --Shak. And God created man in his own image. --Gen. i. 2
2. Hence: The likeness of anything to which worship is paid; an idol. --Chaucer. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, . . . thou shalt not bow down thyself to them. --Ex. xx. 4,
3. Show; appearance; cast. The face of things a frightful image bears. --Dryden.
4. A representation of anything to the mind; a picture drawn by the fancy; a conception; an idea. Can we conceive Image of aught delightful, soft, or great? --Prior.
5. (Rhet.) A picture, example, or illustration, often taken from sensible objects, and used to illustrate a subject; usually, an extended metaphor. --Brande & C.
6. (Opt.) The figure or picture of any object formed at the focus of a lens or mirror, by rays of light from the several points of the object symmetrically refracted or reflected to corresponding points in such focus; this may be received on a screen, a photographic plate, or the retina of the eye, and viewed directly by the eye, or with an eyeglass, as in the telescope and microscope; the likeness of an object formed by reflection; as, to see one's image in a mirror. {Electrical image}. See under {Electrical}. {Image breaker}, one who destroys images; an iconoclast. {Image graver}, {Image maker}, a sculptor. {Image worship}, the worship of images as symbols; iconolatry distinguished from idolatry; the worship of images themselves. {Image Purkinje} (Physics), the image of the retinal blood vessels projected in, not merely on, that membrane. {Virtual image} (Optics), a point or system of points, on one side of a mirror or lens, which, if it existed, would emit the system of rays which actually exists on the other side of the mirror or lens. --Clerk Maxwell.
\Im"age\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imaging}.]
1. To represent or form an image of; as, the still lake imaged the shore; the mirror imaged her figure. ``Shrines of imaged saints.'' --J. Warton.
2. To represent to the mental vision; to form a likeness of by the fancy or recollection; to imagine. Condemn'd whole years in absence to deplore, And image charms he must behold no more. --Pope.

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