Image | Definition of Image by Merriam-Webster

image

noun
im·​age | \ ˈi-mij How to pronounce image (audio) \

Essential Meaning of image

1 : a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc. She studied her image in the mirror. The kids sat staring at the images on the TV screen. See More Examplespainters capturing images of war black-and-white images of the cityHide
2 : a mental picture : the thought of how something looks or might look I can't get the image (of the accident) out of my mind. When you told the story I got this image (in my mind) of you as a child. His poem evokes images of the sea and warm summer days.
3 : the idea that people have about someone or something She is worried about what motherhood will do to her image [=reputation] as a rock star. He is trying hard to improve/protect his image. See More ExamplesThe law suit has negatively affected the company's public image. a tarnished corporate image a politician who cares more about image than about telling the truthHide

Full Definition of image

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a visual representation of something: such as
(1) : a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material
(2) : a picture produced on an electronic display (such as a television or computer screen)
b : the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (such as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device
2a(1) : a mental picture or impression of something had a negative body image of herself
(2) : a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation a disorderly courtroom can seriously tarnish a community's image of justice— Herbert Brownell
b : idea, concept
3 : a popular conception (as of a person, institution, or nation) projected especially through the mass media promoting a corporate image of brotherly love and concern— R. C. Buck
4a : exact likeness : semblance God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27 (Revised Standard Version)
b : a person strikingly like another person she is the image of her mother
5a : a tangible or visible representation : incarnation the image of filial devotion
b archaic : an illusory form : apparition
6 : a vivid or graphic representation or description
7 : a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing especially : an imitation in solid form : statue
9 : a set of values given by a mathematical function (such as a homomorphism) that corresponds to a particular subset of the domain

image

verb
imaged; imaging

Definition of image (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to create a representation of also : to form an image of imaged Jupiter's rings image the bone using X-rays
b : to represent symbolically
2 : to call up a mental picture of : imagine
3 : to describe or portray in language especially in a vivid manner
4a : reflect, mirror
b : to make appear : project
5 : to make a disk image of Many computer forensics programs now include the option of imaging a suspect drive.— Yvonne Jewkes

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Verb

imager \ ˈi-​mi-​jər How to pronounce image (audio) \ noun

Examples of image in a Sentence

Noun She studied her image in the mirror. The kids sat staring at the images on the TV screen. painters capturing images of war black-and-white images of the city His poem evokes images of the sea and warm summer days. He is trying hard to improve his image. The law suit has negatively affected the company's public image. a politician who cares more about image than about telling the truth Verb in the painting Sacagawea is imaged as an intrepid woman pointing the way for Lewis and Clark the brochure images a vacation at the resort in language that makes you want to make a reservation this instant
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The app enables users to take 3D videos of real people that can be cut out and superimposed on any image. Nell Lewis, Video By Evan John, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The Taliban have been trying to project an image of safety and normalcy since retaking power. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 In 2018, Vienna’s Natural History Museum posted an image of the prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine, which may have symbolized motherhood or fertility. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2021 On October 18, the 56-year-old model shared an image of herself to Instagram lying on top of her bed naked, engulfed in a sea of white sheets. Leah Groth, Health.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Face Unblur has the camera prioritizing a face in an image and will try to keep it as sharp as possible, even if the subject is moving. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 Atiana also posted from the special night, sharing a pic of Kardashian's new rock as well as an image of the reality TV star and Barker sweetly kissing. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 18 Oct. 2021 The artist describes the process on one image in a short video in her visual exhibit. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 13 Oct. 2021 The pressure told on Saakashvili's image and performance as it was bound to do. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With seats wrapping around the observation deck and celebrities from Ciara to image architect Law Roach were all in attendance. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The submarine will travel up and down a swath of ocean in a lawn mowing pattern, using sonar to image the seafloor. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 20 Dec. 2020 By using data from previous studies that used seismic techniques to image Earth’s upper mantle, the researchers found an unusually high concentration of magma at about 70 kilometers below this part of the Nazca plate. Akila Raghavan, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 Launched in 2010, SDO can image these stellar blasts with incredible detail. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 Launched in 2010, SDO can image these stellar blasts with incredible detail. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 Previously, electron ptychography had only been used to image extremely flat samples: those merely one to a few atoms thick. Anna Blaustein, Scientific American, 28 June 2021 Launched in 2010, SDO can image these stellar blasts with incredible detail. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 This still image from body camera footage shows a man approaching police with a crowbar in West Valley City, May 10, 2021. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of image

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for image

Noun

Middle English, "effigy, figure, mental impression of something observed, reflection, resemblance," borrowed from Anglo-French, shortened from imagene, borrowed from Latin imāgin-, imāgō "representation, reflection, apparition, semblance, copy, visible form," from imā- (probably the stem of an otherwise unattested verb *imārī with the same base as imitārī "to follow as a pattern, copy") + -gin-, -gō, denominal or deverbal noun suffix — more at imitate

Verb

Middle English imagen, in part derivative of image image entry 1, in part borrowed from Middle French ymagier "to imagine," derivative of image

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23 Oct 2021

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“Image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/image. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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image

noun
im·​age | \ ˈi-mij How to pronounce image (audio) \

Kids Definition of image

1 : a picture or reflection of something produced by a device (as a mirror or lens) We watched the images on the screen.
2 : someone who looks very much like another She is the image of her mother.
3 : the thought of how something looks An image appeared in his head of his parents hugging each other and crying.— Louis Sachar, Holes
4 : a representation (as a picture or statue) of something
5 : an idea of what someone or something is like He has an image as a troublemaker.

image

noun
im·​age | \ ˈim-ij How to pronounce image (audio) \

Medical Definition of image

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device — see real image, virtual image
b : a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material
2 : a mental picture or impression of something had a negative body image of herself : as
a(1) : a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation the compassionate small-town family doctor, an image that the AMA deeply admiresCurrent Biography
(2) : an idealized conception of a person and especially a parent that is formed by an infant or child, is retained in the unconscious, and influences behavior in later life the overwhelming influence of the mother image— John Messenger

called also imago

b : the memory of a perception in psychology that is modified by subsequent experience also : the representation of the source of a stimulus on a receptor mechanism

image

verb
imaged; imaging

Medical Definition of image (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to call up a mental picture of : imagine
2 : to create a representation of also : to form an image of the liver was imaged the animals were anesthetized and imaged with a gamma camera — R. T. Proffitt et al.

intransitive verb

: to form an image

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