(1)   A representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
"The coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"
"The emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
(2)   A visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
"They showed us the pictures of their wedding"
"A movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
(3)   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"
(4)   (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
"A public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty"
(5)   An iconic mental representation
"Her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate"
(6)   A standard or typical example
"He is the prototype of good breeding"
"He provided America with an image of the good father"
(7)   Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
(8)   Someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)
"He could be Gingrich's double"
"She's the very image of her mother"


(9)   Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
"I can't see him on horseback!"
"I can see what will happen"
"I can see a risk in this strategy"



< < < < }, root of ; see imitate.


  1. An optical or other representation of a real object; a graphic; a picture.
  2. A mental picture of something not real or not present.
  3. A file that contains all information needed to produce a live working copy. (see disk image, executable image and image copy)
  4. A characteristic of a person, group or company etc., style, manner of dress, how one is, or wishes to be, perceived by others.
  5. Something mapped to by a function.
    The number 6 is the image of 3 under f that is defined as f(x) = 2*x.
  6. The subset of a codomain comprising those elements that are images of something.
    The image of this step function is the set of integers.

Related terms


  1. to represent symbolically
  2. To reflect, mirror
  3. To create a complete backup copy of a filesystem.


  • we look into a pair of eyes deep as our own, imaging our own, but all unconscious of us; to whom we for the time are become as spirits and invisible!
    1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 2, St. Edmundsbury