- the act of reproducing on a surface, by optical means, a remote image on a film, slide, etc.
- an image so reproduced.
- the tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts, or attitudes present in oneself, or to regard external reality as embodying such feelings, thoughts, etc., in some way.
- Psychoanalysis.such an ascription relieving the ego of a sense of guilt or other intolerable feeling.
Origin of projection
- the process of showing film on a screen
- the image or images shown
- the belief, esp in children, that others share one's subjective mental life
- the process of projecting one's own hidden desires and impulsesSee also defence mechanism
late 15c., in alchemy, "transmutation by casting a powder on molten metal; 1550s in the cartographical sense "drawing of a map or chart according to scale," from Middle French projection, from Latin proiectionem (nominative proiectio), from past participle stem of proicere (see project (n.)). From 1590s as "action of projecting."