Image

Definition of Image

Im´age   Pronunciation: ĭm´ãj; 48
n.1.An imitation, representation, or similitude of any person, thing, or act, sculptured, drawn, painted, or otherwise made perceptible to the sight; a visible presentation; a copy; a likeness; an effigy; a picture; a semblance.
Even like a stony image, cold and numb.
- Shak.
Whose is this image and superscription?
- Matt. xxii. 20.
This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna.
- Shak.
And God created man in his own image.
- Gen. i. 27.
2.Hence: The likeness of anything to which worship is paid; an idol.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, . . . thou shalt not bow down thyself to them.
- Ex. xx. 4, 5.
3.Show; appearance; cast.
The face of things a frightful image bears.
- Dryden.
4.A representation of anything to the mind; a picture drawn by the fancy; a conception; an idea.
Can we conceive
Image of aught delightful, soft, or great?
- Prior.
5.(Rhet.) A picture, example, or illustration, often taken from sensible objects, and used to illustrate a subject; usually, an extended metaphor.
6.(Opt.) The figure or picture of any object formed at the focus of a lens or mirror, by rays of light from the several points of the object symmetrically refracted or reflected to corresponding points in such focus; this may be received on a screen, a photographic plate, or the retina of the eye, and viewed directly by the eye, or with an eyeglass, as in the telescope and microscope; the likeness of an object formed by reflection; as, to see one's image in a mirror.
Electrical image
See under Electrical.
Image breaker
one who destroys images; an iconoclast.
Image graver
a sculptor.
Image worship
the worship of images as symbols; iconolatry distinguished from idolatry; the worship of images themselves.
Image Purkinje
(Physics) the image of the retinal blood vessels projected in, not merely on, that membrane.
Virtual image
(Optics) a point or system of points, on one side of a mirror or lens, which, if it existed, would emit the system of rays which actually exists on the other side of the mirror or lens.
- Clerk Maxwell.
v. t.1.To represent or form an image of; as, the still lake imaged the shore; the mirror imaged her figure.
[imp. & p. p. Imaged (ĭm"ãjd; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. Imaging .]
2.To represent to the mental vision; to form a likeness of by the fancy or recollection; to imagine.
Condemn'd whole years in absence to deplore,
And image charms he must behold no more.
- Pope.

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