- a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible.
- an optical counterpart or appearance of an object, as is produced by reflection from a mirror, refraction by a lens, or the passage of luminous rays through a small aperture and their reception on a surface.
- a mental representation; idea; conception.
- Psychology. a mental representation of something previously perceived, in the absence of the original stimulus.
- form; appearance; semblance: We are all created in God's image.
- counterpart; copy: That child is the image of his mother.
- a symbol; emblem.
- the general or public perception of a company, public figure, etc., especially as achieved by careful calculation aimed at creating widespread goodwill.
- a type; embodiment: Red-faced and angry, he was the image of frustration.
- a description of something in speech or writing: Keats created some of the most beautiful images in the language.
- Rhetoric. a figure of speech, especially a metaphor or a simile.
- an idol or representation of a deity: They knelt down before graven images.
- Mathematics. the point or set of points in the range corresponding to a designated point in the domain of a given function.
- Archaic. an illusion or apparition.
- to picture or represent in the mind; imagine; conceive.
- to make an image of; portray in sculpture, painting, etc.
- to project (photographs, film, etc.) on a surface: Familiar scenes were imaged on the screen.
- to reflect the likeness of; mirror.
- to set forth in speech or writing; describe.
- to symbolize; typify.
- to resemble.
- Informal. to create an image for (a company, public figure, etc.): The candidate had to be imaged before being put on the campaign trail.
- to transform (data) into an exact replica in a different form, as changing digital data to pixels for display on a screen or representing a medical scan of a body part in digital form.
Origin of image
Synonyms for imageSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for image
Related Words for imagepicture, photograph, likeness, form, figure, appearance, illustration, statue, portrait, model, copy, drawing, icon, impression, perception, idea, thought, notion, vision, simulacrum
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Contemporary Examples of image
The effort to sterilize his image first began when Epstein hired Los Angeles-based spin doctors Sitrick Co.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Of course, Kim Jong-Un takes an image hit as a Katy Perry-obsessed, margarita-drinking maniac with daddy issues.I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with ‘The Interview’
December 26, 2014
When his agent asked if he missed his wife, his mind flashed to an image of Alison.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
What image are you hoping people who pick up this book and read it, come away with?Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
That thing we seemed to possess was not the other, but an image of them we formed—they themselves are still free.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of image
"So much the more need that we enshrine her image in our own hearts," rejoined Plato.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In other words, though carved in ebony, he also was in the image of God.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God.
Towards the image of their friend who broke the laws of God.
Gradually the image of the middle-aged Robin had effaced his youth.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- a representation or likeness of a person or thing, esp in sculpture
- an optically formed reproduction of an object, such as one formed by a lens or mirror
- a person or thing that resembles another closely; double or copy
- a mental representation or picture; idea produced by the imagination
- the personality presented to the public by a person, organization, etca criminal charge is not good for a politician's image See also corporate image
- the pattern of light that is focused on to the retina of the eye
- psychol the mental experience of something that is not immediately present to the senses, often involving memorySee also imagery, body image, hypnagogic image
- a personification of a specified quality; epitomethe image of good breeding
- a mental picture or association of ideas evoked in a literary work, esp in poetry
- a figure of speech, such as a simile or metaphor
- (of a point) the value of a function, f(x), corresponding to the point x
- the range of a function
- an obsolete word for apparition
- to picture in the mind; imagine
- to make or reflect an image of
- computing to project or display on a screen or visual display unit
- to portray or describe
- to be an example or epitome of; typify
Word Origin for image
c.1200, "piece of statuary; artificial representation that looks like a person or thing," from Old French image "image, likeness; figure, drawing, portrait; reflection; statue," earlier imagene (11c.), from Latin imaginem (nominative imago) "copy, statue, picture," figuratively "idea, appearance," from stem of imitari "to copy, imitate" (see imitation).
Meaning "reflection in a mirror" is early 14c. The mental sense was in Latin, and appears in English late 14c. Sense of "public impression" is attested in isolated cases from 1908 but not in common use until its rise in the jargon of advertising and public relations, c.1958.
late 14c., "to form a mental picture," from Old French imagier, from image (see image (n.)). Related: Imaged; imaging.
- An optically formed duplicate or other representative reproduction of an object, especially an optical reproduction of an object formed by a lens or mirror.
- A mental picture of something not real or present.
- An exact copy of data in a computer file transferred to another medium.
- To make or produce a likeness of.
- To picture something mentally; imagine.
- To translate photographs or other pictures by computer into numbers that can be transmitted to a remote location and then reconverted into pictures by another computer.
- To visualize something, as by magnetic resonance imaging.
see spitting image.