image

An image is a picture or other representation of a person or thing, or it can be someone's public perception, like a rock star who tries to change his image by dressing like a professor and learning to play chess.

Image has its roots in the Latin word imitari, meaning "to copy or imitate"; images are judged by how realistically they capture the person or thing they show. Images come in various forms — portraits, photographs, paintings, and sculptures. Another kind of image is what we think a public figure like a celebrity is "really like." For example, a flat-broke former millionaire who wants to maintain his image as the money-spending life of the party.

Definitions of image
  1. noun
    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
    “a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them”
    synonyms: icon, ikon, picture
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    bitmap, electronic image
    an image represented as a two dimensional array of brightness values for pixels
    chiaroscuro
    a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
    collage, montage
    a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image
    foil, transparency
    picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
    computer graphic, graphic
    an image that is generated by a computer
    iconography
    the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject
    inset
    a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one
    likeness, semblance
    picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
    cyclorama, diorama, panorama
    a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
    reflection, reflexion
    the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)
    CAT scan, scan
    an image produced by scanning
    echogram, sonogram
    an image of a structure that is produced by ultrasonography (reflections of high-frequency sound waves); used to observe fetal growth or to study bodily organs
    grisaille
    chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief
    Identikit, Identikit picture
    a likeness of a person's face constructed from descriptions given to police; uses a set of transparencies of various facial features that can be combined to build up a picture of the person sought
    photomontage
    a montage that uses photographic images
    portrait, portrayal
    any likeness of a person, in any medium
    lantern slide, slide
    a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector
    overhead, viewgraph
    a transparency for use with an overhead projector
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    representation
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  2. noun
    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
    “the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone”
    synonyms: effigy, simulacrum
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    Guy
    an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
    god, graven image, idol
    a material effigy that is worshipped
    bird-scarer, scarecrow, scarer, straw man, strawman
    an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
    wax figure, waxwork
    an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax
    golden calf
    (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
    joss
    a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
    Juggernaut
    a crude idol of Krishna
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    representation
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  3. noun
    someone who closely resembles another person (especially an actor)
    “she's the very image of her mother”
    synonyms: double, look-alike
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    clone, dead ringer, ringer
    a person who is almost identical to another
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  4. noun
    a standard or typical example
    “he provided America with an image of the good father”
    synonyms: epitome, paradigm, prototype
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    concentrate
    a concentrated example of something
    imago
    (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood
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    example, model
    a representative form or pattern
  5. noun
    the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public
    “although her popular image was contrived it served to inspire music and pageantry”
    “the company tried to project an altruistic image
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    effect, impression
    an outward appearance
  6. noun
    (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
    “a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty”
    synonyms: persona
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    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  7. verb
    render visible, as by means of MRI
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    visualise, visualize
    view the outline of by means of an X-ray
  8. noun
    an iconic mental representation
    “her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate”
    synonyms: mental image
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    imagination image, thought-image
    a mental image produced by the imagination
    memory image
    a mental image of something previously experienced
    visual image, visualisation, visualization
    a mental image that is similar to a visual perception
    impression, mental picture, picture
    a clear and telling mental image
    auditory image
    a mental image that is similar to an auditory perception
    memory picture
    a memory image that is similar to a visual perception
    afterimage, aftersensation
    an image (usually a negative image) that persists after stimulation has ceased
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    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
  9. noun
    language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
    synonyms: figure, figure of speech, trope
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    conceit
    an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things
    irony
    a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
    exaggeration, hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
    kenning
    a compound word used as a conventional metaphorical name for something, specially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
    metaphor
    a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
    metonymy
    substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')
    oxymoron
    conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')
    personification, prosopopoeia
    representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
    simile
    a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')
    synecdoche
    a figure of speech in which part of something is used to refer to or represent the whole thing (or vice versa)
    zeugma
    use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one
    synesthesia
    a figure of speech in which an author appeals to more than one of the five senses
    dramatic irony
    (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
    dead metaphor, frozen metaphor
    a metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e.g., `he is a snake' may once have been a metaphor but after years of use it has died and become a new sense of the word `snake')
    mixed metaphor
    a combination of two or more metaphors that together produce a ridiculous effect
    synesthetic metaphor
    a metaphor that exploits a similarity between experiences in different sense modalities
    metalepsis
    substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another
    syllepsis
    use of a word to govern two or more words though agreeing in number or case etc. with only one
    verbal irony
    when the intended meaning of a speaker’s words contrasts with the literal meaning
    situational irony
    when the result of an event or action is the opposite of what was intended or expected
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    rhetorical device
    a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
  10. verb
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    synonyms: envision, fancy, figure, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize
    realise, realize, see, understand
    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
    visualise, visualize
    form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract
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    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
  11. noun
    (mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined
    “the image of f(x) = x^2 is the set of all non-negative real numbers if the domain of the function is the set of all real numbers”
    synonyms: range, range of a function
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    set
    (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
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