Meaning of IMAGE in English

I. ˈi-mij noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, short for imagene, from Latin imagin-, imago; perhaps akin to Latin imitari to imitate

Date: 13th century

1. : a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing ; especially : an imitation in solid form : statue


a. : the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device

b. : a visual representation of something: as

(1) : a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material

(2) : a picture produced on an electronic display (as a television or computer screen)


a. : exact likeness : semblance

God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27 (Revised Standard Version)

b. : a person strikingly like another person

she is the image of her mother


a. : a tangible or visible representation : incarnation

the image of filial devotion

b. archaic : an illusory form : apparition



(1) : a mental picture or impression of something

had a negative body image of herself

(2) : a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation

a disorderly courtroom can seriously tarnish a community's image of justice — Herbert Brownell

b. : idea , concept

6. : a vivid or graphic representation or description

7. : figure of speech

8. : a popular conception (as of a person, institution, or nation) projected especially through the mass media

promoting a corporate image of brotherly love and concern — R. C. Buck

9. : a set of values given by a mathematical function (as a homomorphism) that corresponds to a particular subset of the domain

II. transitive verb

( im·aged ; im·ag·ing )

Date: 14th century

1. : to call up a mental picture of : imagine

2. : to describe or portray in language especially in a vivid manner


a. : to create a representation of ; also : to form an image of

imaged Jupiter's rings

image the bone using X rays

b. : to represent symbolically


a. : reflect , mirror

b. : to make appear : project

• im·ag·er ˈi-mi-jər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.