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.

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. Mouhad Reghif:

    This character has all the degrading attributes that black people are given in the racist imagery of our societies, it is totally racist and it maintains a degrading image of the black person, which has consequences in everyday life.

  2. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    We understand that the reconnaissance imagery shows widespread devastation, not only buildings flattened -- palm plantations, trees. It's quite a devastating sight.

  3. Tom Malinowski:

    We have increased intelligence capabilities, an increased eastern base posture, better satellite imagery, more political cohesion, that has all allowed the Tom Malinowski and its allies to be much better forewarned than in 2014.

  4. Curt Davis:

    We wanted to test these deep learning methods on a realistic, real-world image analysis problem to critically assess their utility and potential impact, the results were much better than we anticipated. Historically machine learning algorithms haven’t performed well when they have been applied to large satellite imagery datasets.

  5. James Nachtwey:

    We are overwhelmed by imagery and images don't have the same effect as before, photographers now will never stop wars.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. imperviousness
    • B. ventricle
    • C. congius
    • D. macron

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