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IMAGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does image mean? 

IMAGE (noun)
  The noun IMAGE has 8 senses:

1. an iconic mental representation
2. a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
3. (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
4. a standard or typical example
5. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
6. someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)
7. the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public
8. a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)

  Familiarity information: IMAGE used as a noun is common.


IMAGE (verb)
  The verb IMAGE has 1 sense:

1. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

  Familiarity information: IMAGE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMAGE (noun)


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Meaning:

An iconic mental representation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

image; mental image

Context example:

her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

internal representation; mental representation; representation (a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "image"):

auditory image (a mental image that is similar to an auditory perception)

impression; mental picture; picture (a clear and telling mental image)

visual image; visualisation; visualization (a mental image that is similar to a visual perception)

memory image (a mental image of something previously experienced)

imagination image; thought-image (a mental image produced by the imagination)


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Meaning:

A visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

ikon; picture; icon; image

Context examples:

they showed us the pictures of their wedding / a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

representation (a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "image"):

cyclorama; diorama; panorama (a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene)

exposure; photo; photograph; pic (a picture of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material)

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)

likeness; semblance (picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing)

inset (a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one)

iconography (the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject)

computer graphic; graphic (an image that is generated by a computer)

foil; transparency (picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector)

collage; montage (a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image)

chiaroscuro (a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color)

bitmap; electronic image (an image represented as a two dimensional array of brightness values for pixels)


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Meaning:

(Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

persona; image

Context example:

a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Carl Gustav Jung; Carl Jung; Jung (Swiss psychologist (1875-1961))


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Meaning:

A standard or typical example

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

epitome; prototype; paradigm; image

Context examples:

he is the prototype of good breeding / he provided America with an image of the good father

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

example; model (a representative form or pattern)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "image"):

concentrate (a concentrated example)

imago ((psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood)


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Meaning:

Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

trope; figure of speech; image; figure

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))

Domain member usage:

blind alley ((figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement)

lens ((metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "image"):

zeugma (use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one)

synecdoche (substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa)

simile (a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as'))

personification; prosopopoeia (representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature)

oxymoron (conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence'))

metonymy (substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads'))

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)

kenning (conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry)

exaggeration; hyperbole (extravagant exaggeration)

irony (a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs)

conceit (an elaborate poetic image or a far-fetched comparison of very dissimilar things)


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Meaning:

Someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

look-alike; double; image

Context examples:

he could be Gingrich's double / she's the very image of her mother

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "image"):

clone; dead ringer; ringer (a person who is almost identical to another)


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Meaning:

The general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context examples:

although her popular image was contrived it served to inspire music and pageantry / the company tried to project an altruistic image

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

effect; impression (an outward appearance)


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Meaning:

A representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

effigy; simulacrum; image

Context examples:

the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln / the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone

Hypernyms ("image" is a kind of...):

representation (a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "image"):

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)


IMAGE (verb)


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Meaning:

Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

picture; image; visualize; fancy; envision; visualise; figure; see; project

Context examples:

I can't see him on horseback! / I can see what will happen / I can see a risk in this strategy

Hypernyms (to "image" is one way to...):

conceive of; envisage; ideate; imagine (form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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