What does imagination mean?

Definitions for imagination
ɪˌmædʒ əˈneɪ ʃənimag·i·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imagination, imaginativeness, vision(noun)

    the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

    "popular imagination created a world of demons"; "imagination reveals what the world could be"

  2. imagination, imaging, imagery, mental imagery(noun)

    the ability to form mental images of things or events

    "he could still hear her in his imagination"

  3. resource, resourcefulness, imagination(noun)

    the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

    "a man of resource"

Wiktionary

  1. imagination(Noun)

    The image-making power of the mind; the act of creating or reproducing ideally an object not previously perceived; the ability to create such images.

    Imagination is one of the most advanced human faculties.

  2. imagination(Noun)

    Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.

    You think someone's been following you? That's just your imagination.

  3. imagination(Noun)

    Creativity; resourcefulness.

    His imagination makes him a valuable team member.

  4. imagination(Noun)

    A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion; an imagining; something imagined.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imagination(noun)

    the imagine-making power of the mind; the power to create or reproduce ideally an object of sense previously perceived; the power to call up mental imagines

  2. Imagination(noun)

    the representative power; the power to reconstruct or recombine the materials furnished by direct apprehension; the complex faculty usually termed the plastic or creative power; the fancy

  3. Imagination(noun)

    the power to recombine the materials furnished by experience or memory, for the accomplishment of an elevated purpose; the power of conceiving and expressing the ideal

  4. Imagination(noun)

    a mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion

Freebase

  1. Imagination

    Imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the ability to form new images and sensations that are not perceived through sight, hearing, or other senses. Imagination helps make knowledge applicable in solving problems and is fundamental to integrating experience and the learning process A basic training for imagination is listening to storytelling, in which the exactness of the chosen words is the fundamental factor to "evoke worlds". It is a whole cycle of image formation or any sensation which may be described as "hidden" as it takes place without anyone else's knowledge. A person may imagine according to his mood, it may be good or bad depending on the situation. Some people imagine in a state of tension or gloominess in order to calm themselves. It is accepted as the innate ability and process of inventing partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. The term is technically used in psychology for the process of reviving in the mind, percepts of objects formerly given in sense perception. Since this use of the term conflicts with that of ordinary language, some psychologists have preferred to describe this process as "imaging" or "imagery" or to speak of it as "reproductive" as opposed to "productive" or "constructive" imagination. Imagined images are seen with the "mind's eye".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Imagination

    the name appropriate to the highest faculty of man, and defined by Ruskin as "mental creation," in the exercise of which the human being discharges his highest function as a responsible being, "the defect of which on common minds it is the main use," says Ruskin, "of works of fiction, and of the drama, as far as possible, to supply."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. imagination

    1. A marvelous little multicolored drugget that covers the rough and splintered floor of reality. 2. A haunted chateau. 3. A vestibule between Time and Eternity. 4. The giant enemy of reality. 5. The red Pantheon of Lucifer. 6. The candle-gleam of science; the flambeau of the lover; the constellated nebulæ of the poet. 7. The glittering west-dust of a hidden innominate sun. 8. The seigniory of untrammeled instincts; the fief of unsanctified dreams; the palfrey that carries us toward nebulous spiritual hills. 9. The plasma of gods. 10. Puck strapped to the back of Balaam's ass. 11. The Shakespeare of mental faculties. 12. The avatar of the emotions. 13. A golden key that unlocks the bastile of logic. 14. A ladder to the fourth dimension. 15. A sublime liar. 16. Taking the halter off your thoughts and giving them a good kick behind. 17. Sympathy illumined by brains.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Imagination

    A new pattern of perceptual or ideational material derived from past experience.

Editors Contribution

  1. imagination

    To use our mind to create an idea or form a concept.

    Imagination is an amazing tool to create such joy in the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'imagination' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3610

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'imagination' in Nouns Frequency: #1463

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How to say imagination in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imagination in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imagination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of imagination in a Sentence

  1. William Hurt:

    What this project does is it moves the future into our living room and asks questions in a blunt and organic way about what our visceral reactions would be, which is the best way to entertain your imagination of what this whole issue is about.

  2. Natalie Wood:

    Oh goodness, if I was n’t able to touch [ that money ], I would n’t have electricity, water, or a roof over my head, but you know, the thing a lot of us forget, Natalie Wood included, is you put down first, last, and a security deposit and you’re in a place. But how about all the deposits necessary for water, gas, electricity — all of our things had to be put in storage. Even doing that we lost more than half of everything we owned … and finding a motel that would accept us with dogs was not easy. It was costly … We’re still coming to terms with everything, so we’re not pulled together by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re trying. I ’m trying very hard to make it a home.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Vision is defined as the mental picture or image of what the future could be or would look like. It can also be defined as one's concept, thought or imagination at a given period of time. It is synonymous with fantasy. -Emeasoba George

  4. Dr. Rich Melheim:

    There is no such thing as a money problem. There is only a vision problem, an imagination problem, a passion problem, a plan problem, and/or a combination thereof.

  5. Simone Weil:

    Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.

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