[ af-ter-im-ij, ahf- ]
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  1. a visual image or other sense impression that persists after the stimulus that caused it is no longer operative.

Origin of afterimage

1875–80; translation of German Nachbild;see after, image

Words Nearby afterimage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use afterimage in a sentence

  • In the case of a negative afterimage the light impression leaves a dark spot, the dark impression gives a light afterimage.

    The Photoplay | Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for afterimage


/ (ˈɑːftərˌɪmɪdʒ) /

  1. a sustained or renewed sensation, esp visual, after the original stimulus has ceased: Also called: aftersensation, photogene

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