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.
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.
- im·age·a·ble, adjective
- im·ag·er, noun
- pre·im·age, noun
- re·im·age, verb (used with object), re·im·aged, re·im·ag·ing.
- un·im·aged, adjective
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How to use image in a sentence
Finally, alt text is used to describe images to search engines and should be filled out if you want to appear in the image search results.
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The images indicated swelling in the heart muscle and possible injury to cells in four of the athletes, or 15 percent, researchers report online September 11 in JAMA Cardiology.College athletes show signs of possible heart injury after COVID-19 | Aimee Cunningham | September 11, 2020 | Science News
On the left, you can see the outline of the circular earthwork in the thermal image.Archaeologists with drones discover pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas | Kiona N. Smith | September 11, 2020 | Ars Technica
In this war, the targeting is often happening on computer monitors thousands of miles away, capturing images from drones.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is not only clerics and Islamic ideologues who use offensive words and images to describe the sexual life of Westerners.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West | IranWire, Shima Sharabi | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Growing up in that suburbia and air of pop culture, these images stayed with me like a weird dream.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel | Marlow Stern | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still images of each will be released today and a reward will be posted for information leading to their arrest.
It cannot be that the images that move around the world are just of one kind of person.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History | Marlow Stern | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A child begins to make acquaintance with the images of things when set before a mirror.Children's Ways | James Sully
Ie leur donnay quelques croix et quelques images, leur en donnant apprehender ce que je pouvois.
The images and pictures on the outside of the wall were made repellent, to keep strangers aloof.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
The three children were as motionless as stone images, huddled inside the freight car.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Its glory is centered chiefly in its west front, with deep buttresses and many sculptured images of kings and saints.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for image
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, etc: a 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
a personification of a specified quality; epitome: the 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
- imageable, adjective
- imageless, adjective
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with image
see spitting image.
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