One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who devises and implements a new or highly imaginative concept or technology, in particular one who devises the attractions in Walt Disney theme parks.
- ‘However, just as the media barons were predominantly male, so were their imagineers.’
- ‘In the absence of hard evidence and faced with an event which looked so much like the popcorn Armageddon of Hollywood's top imagineers, the public have been turning to esoteric sources for explanation and comfort.’
- ‘It turns out that they're hucksters, though - they go to improbably lengths to set up hoax monsters that would earn respect from Disneyworld's imagineers.’
- ‘Disney's imagineers have scoured the color spectrum and discovered the shades least noticeable to the human eye.’
- ‘Given the ridiculous prophecies of floating cities and flying cars envisioned by the imagineers of last century, it's sound advice.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]often as noun imagineering
Devise and implement (a new or highly imaginative concept or technology)‘theme parks are benefiting from a new era of imagineering’
- ‘When hikers discovered that a good view was being obstructed by trees, the government would unleash lumberjacks - and cows - to deforest the area, imagineering the scene back into the Platonic tourist ideal.’
- ‘Take, for example, a new packaging concept imagineered recently in the online industry newsletter.’
- ‘Yet all of this mediocre imagineering will probably not matter much to the genre crowd.’
- ‘It seems like the people over at Disney have imagineered a great way to save money.’
- ‘They don't understand the need to imagineer the smart society and think out of the box.’
1940s: from imagine, on the pattern of engineer.
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