the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively: the dim imagery of a dream.
pictorial images, as in works of art.
the use of rhetorical images.
figurative description or illustration; rhetorical images collectively.
Psychology. mental images collectively, especially those produced by the action of imagination.
- im·a·ge·ri·al [im-uh-jeer-ee-uhl], /ˌɪm əˈdʒɪər i əl/, adjective
- im·a·ge·ri·al·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use imagery in a sentence
The company is also obscuring “disturbing imagery” related to the shooting, as is its policy for all graphic images.Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook made an ‘operational mistake’ with Kenosha militia group | Danielle Abril | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
Zitnick said that while the software learns some general information on how to generate MRI data, for accurate results it needs to be trained on imagery of one specific body part only.Facebook and NYU researchers discover a way to speed up MRI scans | Jeremy Kahn | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
A computer model she built now can predict crop yields based on that imagery.For teens, big problems may lead to meaningful research | Carolyn Wilke | July 28, 2020 | Science News For Students
Lillian created a computer program that gleans information from satellite imagery to estimate the health of crops.For teens, big problems may lead to meaningful research | Carolyn Wilke | July 28, 2020 | Science News For Students
To take things a step further, you can even combine patriotic imagery with products that are currently in demand and create new items.Ecommerce marketing this Independence Day will be tricky: Four must dos | Evelyn Johnson | June 23, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
As fluent in drug trade jargon as Martian, Future peppers his lyrics with interstellar imagery befitting of his far out vocals.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists | Luke Hopping | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For such songs, she pairs raunchy lyrics with vivid imagery.
But trying to generate buzz for her single through appropriating Nazi propaganda imagery is not one of them.Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’ Lyrics Video Is Like a Loose Adaptation of ‘Mein Kampf’ ft. Drake | Amy Zimmerman | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the decade following World War I, Hopper settled on a vein of imagery that has been his special glory ever since.
Worse, she obsesses over this with all of the friends and then tries to incorporate shark imagery into their sex life.
Sensible people, who delight in exact imagery, of course, are led away by comparisons and metaphors.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
The more it has been made the subject of illustration and imagery, the more finished and ornate have been the comminations in use.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
In such manner he pleaded, with all the native picturesque imagery of word expression and imagination.Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
Her account of the bride's trousseau was almost oriental in the splendour and boldness of its imagery.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
They deal with the most elemental religious conceptions and are full of the imagery of nature.Sacred Books of the East | Various
British Dictionary definitions for imagery
figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
the materials or general processes of the imagination
military the presentation of objects reproduced photographically (by infrared or electronic means) as prints or electronic displays
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for imagery
The mental pictures created by a piece of writing: “The imagery of “The Waste Land” — crumbling towers, dried-up wells, toppled tombstones — conveys the author's sense of a civilization in decay.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.