What does imagination mean?

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ɪˌmædʒ əˈneɪ ʃənimag·i·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imagination, imaginativeness, visionnoun

    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 imagerynoun

    the ability to form mental images of things or events

    "he could still hear her in his imagination"

  3. resource, resourcefulness, imaginationnoun

    the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

    "a man of resource"

Wiktionary

  1. imaginationnoun

    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. imaginationnoun

    Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.

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

  3. imaginationnoun

    Creativity; resourcefulness.

    His imagination makes him a valuable team member.

  4. imaginationnoun

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

Wikipedia

  1. Imagination

    Imagination is the ability to produce and simulate novel objects, sensations, and ideas in the mind without any immediate input of the senses. It is also described as the forming of experiences in one's mind, which can be re-creations of past experiences such as vivid memories with imagined changes, or they can be completely invented and possibly fantastic scenes. 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 (narrative), in which the exactness of the chosen words is the fundamental factor to "evoke worlds".Imagination is a cognitive process used in mental functioning and sometimes used in conjunction with psychological imagery. It is considered as such because it involves thinking about possibilities. The cognate term of mental imagery may be used in psychology for denoting the process of reviving in the mind recollections 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. Constructive imagination is further divided into voluntary imagination driven by the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) and involuntary imagination (LPFC-independent), such as REM-sleep dreaming, daydreaming, hallucinations, and spontaneous insight. The voluntary types of imagination include integration of modifiers, and mental rotation. Imagined images, both novel and recalled, are seen with the "mind's eye". Imagination, however, is not considered to be exclusively a cognitive activity because it is also linked to the body and place, particularly that it also involves setting up relationships with materials and people, precluding the sense that imagination is locked away in the head.Imagination can also be expressed through stories such as fairy tales or fantasies. Children often use such narratives and pretend play in order to exercise their imaginations. When children develop fantasy they play at two levels: first, they use role playing to act out what they have developed with their imagination, and at the second level they play again with their make-believe situation by acting as if what they have developed is an actual reality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imaginationnoun

    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. Imaginationnoun

    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. Imaginationnoun

    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. Imaginationnoun

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

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

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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. Author Unknown:

    Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

  2. Edgar Degas:

    It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    There is no wisdom in the words themselves. Wisdom resides in your imagination, or in the mental image that you generate within your mind.

  4. Carter Page:

    No, I've never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination, i may have, back in the G20 when they were getting ready to do that in St. Petersburg, I might have participated in a few meetings that a lot of people -- including people from the Obama administration -- were sitting on, and Geneva, Paris, et cetera, but I've never been anywhere near what's being described here.

  5. Helen Rowland:

    Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.

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