What does imagery mean?

Definitions for imagery
ˈɪm ɪdʒ ri, -ɪ dʒə riim·a·ge·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imagination, imaging, imagery, mental imagerynoun

    the ability to form mental images of things or events

    "he could still hear her in his imagination"


  1. imagerynoun

    The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects.

  2. imagerynoun

    Imitation work.

  3. imagerynoun

    Images in general, or en masse.

  4. imagerynoun

    Unreal show; imitation; appearance.

  5. imagerynoun

    The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms.

  6. imagerynoun

    Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Imagerynoun

    Etymology: from image.

    Of marble stone was cut
    An altar, carv'd with cunning imagery. Fairy Queen.

    When in those oratories might you see
    Rich carvings, portraitures, and imagery;
    Where ev'ry figure to the life express'd
    The godhead's pow'r. John Dryden, Knight's Tale.

    Your gift shall two large goblets be
    Of silver, wrought with curious imagery,
    And high emboss'd. John Dryden, Æn.

    What can thy imagery of sorrow mean?
    Secluded from the world, and all its care,
    Hast thou to grieve or joy, to hope or fear? Matthew Prior.

    All the visionary beauties of the prospect, the paint and imagery that attracted our senses, fade and disappear. John Rogers.

    Things of the world fill the imaginative part with beauties and fantastick imagery. Taylor.

    It might be a mere dream which he saw; the imagery of a melancholick fancy, such as musing men mistake for a reality. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    I wish there may be in this poem any instance of good imagery. Dryden.


  1. Imagery

    Imagery is visual symbolism, or figurative language that evokes a mental image or other kinds of sense impressions, especially in a literary work, but also in other activities such as psychotherapy.


  1. imagery

    Imagery is a literary device that uses descriptive language to appeal to the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste) and create mental pictures or experiences in the reader's mind. These vivid descriptions help to engage the reader's imagination and emotions, and can provide deeper understanding or interpretation of the text's themes or messages. Imagery can refer to the literal visual descriptions of objects or settings, as well as figurative language and symbolism to convey emotions or abstract ideas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imagerynoun

    the work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects; imitation work; images in general, or in mass

  2. Imagerynoun

    fig.: Unreal show; imitation; appearance

  3. Imagerynoun

    the work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms

  4. Imagerynoun

    rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse

  5. Etymology: [OE. imagerie, F. imagerie.]


  1. Imagery

    Imagery, in a literary text, is an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to their work. It appeals to human senses to deepen the reader's understanding of the work.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. imagery

    A likeness or presentation of any natural or man-made feature or related object or activity, and the positional data acquired at the same time the likeness or representation was acquired, including: products produced by space-based national intelligence reconnaissance systems; and likeness and presentations produced by satellites, airborne platforms, unmanned aerial vehicles, or other similar means (except that such term does not include handheld or clandestine photography taken by or on behalf of human intelligence collection organizations).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imagery in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imagery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of imagery in a Sentence

  1. Zoe Vidgoff:

    I smoked two joints today, so I would say that had some factor in allowing the mind to be open to experiencing concrete imagery.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Now if you’re a new artist it matters about how you represent yourself, how your social networks are, how you look on stage all these things, so it’s always been important, visual imagery has always been super important. It’s changed a bit, but it’s still as important, if not more so.

  3. Nadine Kaslow:

    If you can't sleep, it's better to get up and be productive, or do something relaxing than to be stressed out that you're not sleeping, relaxation training is really helpful. You can do meditation when you wake up, muscle relaxation, even sleep imagery, such as imagining yourself in a safe place that is quiet and calm.

  4. Herbert Marshall McLuhan:

    Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.

  5. Don Samuels:

    That was so painful — just painful to watch and to see a Black man, of dark complexion, under the knee of a dispassionate White male, it conjured up all kinds of slavery imagery.

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