Definition of image in English:

image

noun

  • 1A representation of the external form of a person or thing in art.

    • ‘Painting images from the head instead of sitting down and sketching what's in front of me seems certainly to lend weight to the argument.’
    • ‘Abstract paintings abandon images of the external world, speaking instead directly to people's internal thought processes.’
    • ‘To those who know his work, he is a genius - a sculptor who creates life-like images of outback symbols.’
    • ‘Kathleen, a silversmith, has used silver and other metals to create everything from vases to 2D images and sculpture.’
    • ‘One window - in stained glass - is a representational image of the moorland around the Brontë shrine.’
    • ‘Like the sculpture, the images represent a very naive viewpoint in the art world.’
    • ‘There were sketches and paintings and collages and images of the tsunami disaster.’
    • ‘The images represent the spirits of people of African descent who died in the Middle Passage or later in the Americas.’
    • ‘Viewed from a contemporary design vantage point, the images represent an interesting study in contrasts.’
    • ‘Everyone sees different things in the paintings, interpreting images according to their experience.’
    • ‘I had to hack off some heads, turn the images into formal, sculpturesque forms, which was not my intent.’
    • ‘The motifs and figures represented include polychrome images of bison, masks, and quadrilateral signs of unknown meaning.’
    • ‘Her images represent the transformations of the country and its people.’
    • ‘The images seem minimalist, using few lines to represent detailed images and also exclude deep shading.’
    • ‘The images are sculpted in bronze and achieve a rich antique green petina colour.’
    • ‘He recalls being awestruck by these images, especially the paintings of St. Mary and St. George.’
    • ‘This is an episode from the Mahabharatha and is based on a ritual in which Bhima kills Duryodhana represented as an image in clay.’
    • ‘The ‘Groundview’ series of paintings uses different images to represent the ground as space.’
    • ‘Around the walls women are painting images depicting the horror and suffering of the war.’
    • ‘He covered people with gold and silver foil, posing as images in heroic sculptures.’
    likeness, resemblance
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    1. 1.1 A visible impression obtained by a camera, telescope, microscope, or other device, or displayed on a computer or video screen.
      • ‘Secondly, it is a re-negotiation of the way space is represented in the photographic image.’
      • ‘This complexity has lead to beautiful and amazing images obtained with modern telescopes.’
      • ‘The 170 images represent 70 local photographers short-listed in the Picture of the Year competition.’
      • ‘The video camera then sends the image of the flower to the wallet-sized computer for complex processing.’
      • ‘As search engines expand into images and video, they are increasingly at risk of becoming targets of copyright lawsuits.’
      • ‘There are also controls for loading images from camera or computer.’
      • ‘This image came to represent the essence of love and romance for at least one generation, many years after it was photographed.’
      • ‘As you push back the screen cover, the image on the display flips so what you are seeing is right side up.’
      • ‘The real issue of sensitivity lies with the editors, producers and proprietors who decide how the images and words are presented to the public.’
      • ‘Creators of fake images usually ignore the known physical properties of creating an image with a camera.’
      • ‘The scope is then attached to a camera, allowing the doctor to see a clear image on a video screen.’
      • ‘You see, the problem with a digital camera is getting the images from the camera to your computer.’
      • ‘There's a control station with a colour video display showing the images from two cameras at any one time.’
      • ‘The camera then projects your image directly onto the screen and senses your movement.’
      • ‘You might want to use an image from your favorite screen saver in another program.’
      • ‘It also has an extra facility to make slide shows more dynamic, by allowing you to move images around the screen.’
      • ‘Increasing numbers of families have digital and video cameras to take images of their children.’
      • ‘There's software included to take video clips or still images with your camera and send them via email.’
      • ‘A talented photographer, he is already busy capturing images to represent the important issues for his age group.’
      • ‘The camera then relayed the images to a lap-top computer so firefighters knew exactly where to cut into the side of the chimney downstairs.’
      picture, facsimile, photograph, snapshot, photo
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    2. 1.2 An optical appearance or counterpart produced by light or other radiation from an object reflected in a mirror or refracted through a lens.
      • ‘He also studied spherical and parabolic mirrors, and understood how refraction by a lens will allow images to be focused and magnification to take place.’
      • ‘I was in for another surprise when I saw familiar images reflected in the mirror.’
      • ‘Essentially one sees an image of the light sources reflected on the pupil.’
      • ‘When the temperature difference is large enough, the warmer air refracts the light and amazing images can be seen.’
      • ‘When the images are caught by reflection in a graceful wall mirror, they are once more displaced and desubstantialized.’
      • ‘These eyes use a single lens to focus images onto a light detector called a retina.’
      • ‘Some children are born with cataracts, which are a cloudiness of the eye's lenses that prevent images from being seen clearly or at all.’
      • ‘Also, bear in mind that the fresnel lens both flips the image upside down and has a mirror effect on the text.’
      • ‘Contact lenses can balance the image from both eyes, and correct any irregularities or astigmatism of the eye.’
      • ‘Water and glass are opaque, they refract, diffuse, obscure, and reflect images.’
      • ‘Refractive errors mean that the shape of the eye doesn't refract, or bend, light properly, so images appear blurred.’
      • ‘Cheap mirrors reflect distorted amusement-park images of fighters who shadow-box before them.’
      • ‘Scallops have eyes that form images with reflective mirrors.’
      • ‘When the eye creates an image the cornea and lens bend incoming light rays to focus them on the retina.’
      • ‘An otherwise empty room contains large mirrors which reflect visitors' images from different angles.’
      • ‘For miles, as far as the eye could see, the surface of the big loch was like a mirror, reflecting images of mountains and wooded slopes.’
      • ‘As the steam in the bathroom began to vent, the mirror cleared and his image appeared before him.’
      • ‘He had painted himself from his image reflected in a mirror, which reversed right and left.’
      • ‘The short effective focal length provides focused images at distances from lens contact to near infinity, even in air.’
      • ‘Cracked mirrors reflected disturbing distorted images of the room.’
      reflection, mirror image, likeness
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    3. 1.3Mathematics A point or set formed by mapping from another point or set.
      • ‘In his doctoral dissertation of 1934 he considered permutation groups whose elements are determined by the images of three points.’
      • ‘Maybe one day it will be sufficient to think about the images involved in a mathematical idea or proof, and a computer will compute the underlying equations for us.’
      • ‘Consider a triangle and its homothetic image in the Lemoine point of the triangle.’
      • ‘But to determine the center of a spiral similarity one only needs one segment and its image.’
    4. 1.4Computing An exact copy of a computer's hard disk, made for backing up data or setting up new machines.
      • ‘Here, the program re-created a 490MB hard drive image in the foreground while we converted ten WAV files into MP3s in the background.’
      • ‘As the drive was creating the image, I could hear it start at a low speed and gradually increase to faster speeds.’
      • ‘Next, an image of the drive can be created using tools such as Norton Ghost or Power Quest Drive Image.’
      • ‘For one thing, there will be two versions: the Internet download version, and the CD version (which we want to also be downloadable as a CD image).’
      • ‘RAID 1 (known as "mirroring") creates an identical image of data from one drive to a second drive or from multiple drives to a second set of multiple drives.’
    5. 1.5 A mental representation or idea.
      ‘he had an image of Uncle Walter throwing his crutches away’
      • ‘More than any other, there is deconstructionism, according to which the images and ideas that constitute culture are deconstructed.’
      • ‘The brain requires practice at forming those mental images in order to absorb increasingly complex or abstract ideas in later life.’
      • ‘Any image or idea we have of God is certainly inadequate, probably inaccurate, and possibly misleading.’
      • ‘The poem has been quite cathartic because I have had all those ideas for the images in my head for years.’
      • ‘She immediately stopped smoking; the image of those nasty lungs was burned into her brain forever.’
      • ‘His mental image is not a representation of a tree.’
      • ‘I suddenly get a mental image of him pulling out of a Arizona truck stop and burning away down the open highway blasting vintage gay house.’
      • ‘Capital and labour flow at different rates in different directions, as do images and ideas.’
      • ‘It was enough to allow him a mental image of what he expected to see.’
      • ‘This brings to mind some disturbing mental images.’
      • ‘A couple minutes later the lights returned and images appeared in her head.’
      conception, impression, idea, concept, perception, notion
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    6. 1.6in singular A person or thing that closely resembles another.
      ‘he's the image of his father’
      double, living image, replica, lookalike, clone, copy, reproduction, twin, duplicate, exact likeness, facsimile, counterpart, mirror image
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    7. 1.7in singular Semblance or likeness.
      ‘we are made in the image of God’
      • ‘To be in the image of God is to bear the stamp or outline of God.’
      • ‘Christians and Jews are able to claim that our dignity rests upon being created in imagio dei, in the image of God.’
      • ‘Remarkably, after a few meetings with Griffith, she became a Nationalist in the image of Griffith.’
      • ‘His is the pure logic of fiction, shaping a world in the image of the art that depicts it.’
      • ‘In the 1980s the two institutions launched a crusade to remake the world in the image of the free market.’
      • ‘Songs built in the image of the seven-inch pop song, their length still dictated by the old format, continue to be at the centre of the pop world.’
      • ‘Our rights do, in fact, come from the fact that we are created in the image of our creator.’
      • ‘We're made in the image of the Maker and itch to find some way to create.’
      • ‘They want to spoil the divine likeness of man made in the image of God.’
      • ‘We can indeed see this suggested in the biblical statement about human beings made in the image of God.’
      • ‘We are reconfiguring the past in the image of our times.’
      • ‘Part of the uniqueness of humanity, beings created in the image of God, is our instinct to seek and to enjoy the pleasures of seeking.’
      • ‘As a manager, a team is very much in the image of yourself.’
      • ‘We've been negligent in our examination of what it means to be re-created in the image of Christ.’
      • ‘The gilded silver pinhead, styled in the image of a bird of prey, is one of a handful of examples discovered in Britain and will go on display in London.’
      • ‘For some it was a matter of pride, one small country helping to create a world empire in the image of Rome.’
      • ‘They say that this has not just begun to happen: actually it was the dead who built the upper Eusapia, in the image of their city.’
      • ‘They then try to recreate themselves in the image of their role models.’
      • ‘The huge influx of cash at the turn of the millennium led to the whole Web being built in the image of the Bay area.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, following the old adage that mothers raise their sons in the image of the men they wish they had married, our mums refuse to give up on us.’
      semblance, guise, appearance, outward form, form, shape, aspect, character, mien
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    8. 1.8 (in biblical use) an idol.
      • ‘They are the enemy, and it is the nature of the enemy to show you false images and idols.’
      • ‘While the church saw the importance of art as a method of instruction, it also faced a biblical injunction against images.’
      • ‘They are implored to destroy the carved images and idols of the inhabitants, and to possess and settle the land given to the Jews by God.’
      • ‘Until recently, sandblasting was the method used to clean various stone idols, images, and pillars.’
      • ‘Mystics throughout the ages have understood how the holy fire burns away the superficial images and idols we erect.’
      • ‘If an image is automatically an idol, why did God tell Israel to have graven images of cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant?’
      • ‘I also don't know of any religion that has no idol or image of its God.’
      • ‘Antique finish, white metal and black metal idols (mostly images of deities) too have been exhibited.’
      idol, icon, fetish, false god, golden calf, totem, talisman
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  • 2The general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public.

    ‘she strives to project an image of youth’
    • ‘There have been attempts to present a more open image to the public.’
    • ‘If the players think they are enhancing the image of the game by binge drinking, or worse, then the game will always tetter on the edge of disaster.’
    • ‘Using a limited amount of space, an artist creates a visual to convey the music inside, which not only has to sell the album but the image of the band as well.’
    • ‘It is totally up to the prosecutors themselves to ease such public doubt and present a transformed image of the prosecution.’
    • ‘Coupled with a desire for change in the image of the police is one for improved relations with the public.’
    • ‘They each projected a public image that wasn't purely fiction, but there was a heavily invented element to it.’
    • ‘He's already starting out with the image of being a liberal from Massachusetts, and all of that type of baggage.’
    • ‘Within the past five years, a revolution in the image of dieting has taken place.’
    • ‘This year the Tidy Towns Committee would like to see a greater effort being made amongst the local community to enchant the image of the town.’
    • ‘The image of an injury-ravaged bunch bravely battling against cruel fate is not a bad one to project if you want to dampen expectations about your chances.’
    • ‘In India the term is used for the younger generation of people who present a hip image.’
    • ‘Similar results were found for the image of the agriculture and food industry as a whole.’
    • ‘These commercials often incorporate the image of pop and movie stars to give their houses the proper sense of glamour and affluence.’
    • ‘The leaders of the opposition used the October 24 general strike as a platform to improve their public image.’
    • ‘The market tends to be suspicious of sudden attempts to change the nature of the product or the image of the organisation.’
    • ‘I smiled a lot and presented an image to the public that all was fine.’
    • ‘It said it ‘tarnished the image of the university’ and was ‘devastated’ by the claims.’
    • ‘But this festival in Marrakech is as important for the image of Morocco as it is for the careers of the stars.’
    • ‘But local politicians believe the arrival of the travellers tainted the image of the medieval attraction.’
    • ‘The entry points to the open space will be well defined with landscape elements and will be treated in such a manner as to present an image of public space.’
    public perception, public conception, public impression, persona, profile, face, identity, front, facade, mask, guise, role, part
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  • 3A simile or metaphor.

    ‘he uses the image of a hole to describe emotional emptiness’
    • ‘White Teeth uses as its central metaphor the image of a white soldier fighting black men in the jungle.’
    • ‘In other words, for all the images and metaphors music often presents us with, an album cover is its tangible embodiment.’
    • ‘Evidently, only the images and metaphors of fiction could do justice to the welter of searing impressions.’
    • ‘So also, in Catholic and Orthodox Christianity is the image of the Mother and Child.’
    • ‘The poem opens hyperbolically with an image of an innocent young nymph who spends her days reclining in the grass.’
    • ‘When Jesus describes himself as shepherd-esque, he echoes the images of Ezekiel 34.’
    • ‘Numerous New Testament images echo the belonging and counting of everyone.’
    • ‘In this way he used the image of ghetto as a metaphor for Jewish social and moral conditions.’
    • ‘To use another biblical image, God did not choose to wash the earth clean in a flood again.’
    • ‘In line two Valery repeats sounds that echo those of previous stanzas and words that recall earlier images.’
    • ‘This identity, in a culture of affluence, is no better declared than through the biblical image of the steward.’
    • ‘In the West we know her as a poet of witty conceits and memorable images.’
    • ‘The words pour forth like lava, steadily and ominously, packed with gritty images and metaphors.’
    • ‘I asked him how these Christian images arose in what was, after all, secular writing for a general audience.’
    • ‘And of course, garden images in the parables struck a chord with an ancient community so dependent on the harvest to survive.’
    • ‘In Hosea, the sexual images are equally clear and far less strident.’
    • ‘Metaphorical images are so effective due to the social and natural contexts in which we acquire or learn their meanings.’
    • ‘I listened for recurring images, words, metaphors, and contradictions in the narrative.’
    • ‘From the body of work represented by the book as a whole, the figure of a small boy emerges as an image of the struggle to speak.’
    • ‘Woolf evidently responded to the gypsy figure as an image for desire between women.’
    simile, metaphor, metonymy
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make a representation of the external form of.

    ‘artworks that imaged women's bodies’
    • ‘The female body imaged in the film is not abstract, generalised or idealised.’
    • ‘If the picture burns, it is not Charles VII as imaged that burns but simply the material object that serves as an analagon for the manifestation of the imagined object.’
    • ‘He might have pointed out, for example, that one reason why Yahweh is not to be imaged is that the only depiction of Him is provided by human beings.’
    • ‘We question the motivations of those who make the images, while the real people imaged in these photographs die unacknowledged.’
    1. 1.1 Make a visual representation of (something) by scanning it with a detector or electromagnetic beam.
      ‘medical imaging’
      ‘every point on the Earth's surface was imaged by the satellite’
      • ‘Internal textures were imaged using backscattered electrons and cathodoluminescence.’
      • ‘One objective of the early sky scan was to image the morning clouds with the PanCam.’
      • ‘The orbiting infrared telescope imaged a new generation of stars in various stages of evolution, several dozen of which now gleam like gems at the heads of huge dust pillars created by the galactic weather conditions.’
      • ‘He will engage in meditation while having his brain scanned by state-of-the-art brain imaging devices.’
      • ‘After all, your doctor is making decisions about your treatment based on imaging hardware today.’
      • ‘No exoplanets have been imaged directly, so astronomers are working out their sizes and dynamics by their effect on their parent stars.’
      • ‘E-mail and medical imaging applications represent good examples for the data aging profile described here.’
      • ‘Many different electronic and imaged documents might exist for a single customer: invoices, bills of shipping, activity reports, data mining graphs.’
      • ‘In some cases, the blood vessels of the heart, brain, lungs and legs can be imaged without invasive procedures.’
      • ‘Satellite sensors imaged the resulting pattern of crests and troughs into the series of tsunami waves that devastated coastal areas throughout parts of the Indian Ocean.’
      • ‘This printer really changed my outlook on what is possible with digital imaging these days.’
      • ‘The scientific payload includes stereo imaging equipment, a laser altimeter, a magnetometers, and an X-ray Spectrometer.’
      • ‘The NASA-led Swift mission has detected and imaged its first gamma-ray burst, likely the birth cry of a brand new black hole.’
      • ‘A greater volume of the body can be imaged in a shorter time, allowing evaluation of the vasculature from the aortic arch to the circle of Willis.’
      • ‘In many cases, a fetus will be imaged multiple times.’
      • ‘Working from a light airplane, where imaging altitudes are higher, requires a larger detector.’
      • ‘This shaped beam profile is imaged through the telescope system onto the back focal plane of the microscope objective.’
      • ‘CAT scans and MRI scans are imaging studies which are often obtained to check for distant spread of the tumor.’
      • ‘The acoustic imaging sensors help detect mines and other potentially hazardous objects.’
      • ‘The removal of the diffraction pattern is a major advantage when trying to image faint sources near a bright star.’
    2. 1.2Computing Make an exact copy of (a computer's hard disk)
      ‘the hard disk drive should be imaged using a specialized bitstream backup product’
      • ‘That's an extremely significant difference when you need to image a large disk and do not want multiple disks per volume.’
      • ‘Being unable to image those files means that the product cannot work in the Windows environment.’
      • ‘A multicast image can configure multiple systems simultaneously; conversely, you also can image multiple servers or workstations.’
      • ‘The advanced technology in leading-edge imaging products is not how they create a partition, but rather, how they image the disk.’
      • ‘They can even image your computers at night, to avoid inevitable discussions by the water cooler.’
    3. 1.3 Form a mental picture or idea of.
      ‘it is possible for us to image a society in which no one committed crime’
      • ‘I can only image the delight with which Nixon would have cheered on this approach.’
      • ‘Presumably this is the lexicographic inspiration for the Star Trek species the Ferengi, though the person who imaged the Ferengi language here was certainly not patterning it on French, ancient or modern.’
      • ‘I would sometimes image what it would be like to go fishing with my father, or be cooking dinner with my mother.’
      • ‘After all, can you image Todd and Tom on the same side of anything culinary?’
      • ‘Try to image a child with painful wounds similar to burns covering most of his or her body.’
      • ‘The brioche bread used 6 eggs and 300 gm of butter so you can image the rich yellow colour it turned out.’
      • ‘It would be difficult to image many of the young clubbers there settling into two nights of the Eurovision.’
      • ‘One can only image what they do to referees.’
      • ‘One can only image the scene in the World Trade Center following the plane crashes.’
      • ‘For these people one can image how this experience could quickly become the true pillar of their faith.’
      • ‘In fact, when I was in prison I taught a class on how to stop smoking and we had people imaging themselves smoke free, you know.’
      • ‘Many people image that the era of the Open Range in the American West was the era of the small rancher.’
      • ‘I just can't image what would have taken them all away at once with no word.’
      • ‘I would image he's been under difficult conditions over the last 8 months.’
      • ‘In short, you can definitely image Peter the Great living there in the summer.’
      • ‘Still, one can only image what the transfer would have looked like without the company's loving attention to detail.’
      • ‘For imagination is the tool that allows us to image a future radically different from the past or even the present.’
      • ‘The consortium has been drowned by this tide of excess wage costs and it is hard to image anything it could have structurally altered to change this.’
      envisage, envision, imagine, conceive of, picture, dream up, see in one's mind's eye
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin imago; related to imitate.

Pronunciation

image

/ˈimij//ˈɪmɪdʒ/