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imagery

[im-ij-ree, im-i-juh-ree] /ˈɪm ɪdʒ ri, ˈɪm ɪ dʒə ri/
noun, plural imageries.
1.
the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively:
the dim imagery of a dream.
2.
pictorial images, as in works of art.
3.
the use of rhetorical images.
4.
figurative description or illustration; rhetorical images collectively.
5.
Psychology. mental images collectively, especially those produced by the action of imagination.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English imagerie < Old French. See image, -ery
Related forms
imagerial
[im-uh-jeer-ee-uh l] /ˌɪm əˈdʒɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
imagerially, adverb
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Examples from the web for imagery
  • He would say what he felt and would say it in imagery of his own fashioning.
  • The simplest of these is the failure to distinguish between imagery and thought.
  • Nor was it the kind of laughter that cheats by turning in the end to tears, or by needing reinforcement with imagery.
  • Infrared imagery in online maps lets homeowners see their energy efficiency.
  • Their typing and mouse commands are sent to the software on the server, and the imagery for their display is sent back.
  • Official newspapers were probably glad not to have to second-guess censors' concerns about that kind of imagery.
  • Using automotive imagery to sell a handset makes a lot of sense for, in many respects, mobile phones are replacing cars.
  • Mid-term elections do not normally generate such histrionic imagery.
  • But not all investigators agree that dream imagery originates in visual areas.
  • Vast tracts of tropical rainforest have been replaced by palm oil plantations for food and biofuels, satellite imagery reveals.
British Dictionary definitions for imagery

imagery

/ˈɪmɪdʒrɪ; -dʒərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
2.
images collectively
3.
(psychol)
  1. the materials or general processes of the imagination
  2. the characteristic kind of mental images formed by a particular individual See also image (sense 7), imagination (sense 1)
4.
(military) the presentation of objects reproduced photographically (by infrared or electronic means) as prints or electronic displays
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Word Origin and History for imagery
n.

mid-14c., "piece of sculpture, carved figures," from Old French imagerie (13c.), from imagier "painter," from image (see image (n.)). Meaning "ornate description" (in poetry, etc.) is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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imagery in Medicine

imagery im·age·ry (ĭm'ĭj-rē)
n.

  1. A set of mental pictures or images.

  2. A technique in behavior therapy in which the patient is conditioned to use pleasant fantasies to counteract the unpleasant feelings associated with anxiety.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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imagery in Culture

imagery definition


The mental pictures created by a piece of writing: “The imagery of “The Waste Land” — crumbling towers, dried-up wells, toppled tombstones — conveys the author's sense of a civilization in decay.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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imagery in the Bible

only in the phrase "chambers of his imagery" (Ezek. 8:12). (See CHAMBER.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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