What does imaginary mean?

Definitions for imaginary
ɪˈmædʒ əˌnɛr iimag·i·na·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complex number, complex quantity, imaginary number, imaginaryadjective

    (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1

  2. fanciful, imaginary, notionaladjective

    not based on fact; unreal

    "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "to create a notional world for oneself"

Wiktionary

  1. imaginarynoun

    Imagination; fancy.

  2. imaginarynoun

    An imaginary quantity.

  3. imaginaryadjective

    existing only in the imagination

  4. imaginaryadjective

    of a number, having no real part; that part of a complex number which is a multiple of the square root of -1.

  5. Etymology: From imaginarius, from imago.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Imaginaryadjective

    Etymology: imaginaire, French, from imagine.

    False sorrow's eye,
    Which, for things true, weeps things imaginary. William Shakespeare.

    Expectation whirls me round:
    Th' imaginary relish is so sweet,
    That it enchants my sense. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Fortune is nothing else but a power imaginary, to which the successes of human actions and endeavours were for their variety ascribed. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Why wilt thou add, to all the griefs I suffer,
    Imaginary ills and fancied tortures? Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imaginaryadjective

    existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal

  2. Imaginarynoun

    an imaginary expression or quantity

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imaginary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imaginary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of imaginary in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Herzen:

    People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations.

  2. Richard Malka:

    This decision enshrines the freedom to criticise and enshrines the fact that his grievances were imaginary and unfounded.

  3. H Hahn Blavatsky:

    Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

  4. Georges Bataille:

    Each of us is incomplete compared to someone else -- an animal's incomplete compared to a person... and a person compared to God, who is complete only to be imaginary.

  5. Cui Tiankai:

    Treating China as a strategic rival and imaginary enemy would be a huge strategic misjudgement.

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