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vision

[vizh-uh n] /ˈvɪʒ ən/
noun
1.
the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
2.
the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be:
prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
3.
an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency:
a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision.
Compare hallucination (def 1).
4.
something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience:
The vision revealed its message.
5.
a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation:
visions of wealth and glory.
6.
something seen; an object of sight.
7.
a scene, person, etc., of extraordinary beauty:
The sky was a vision of red and pink.
verb (used with object)
9.
to envision:
She tried to vision herself in a past century.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin vīsiōn- (stem of vīsiō) a seeing, view, equivalent to vīs(us), past participle of vidēre to see + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
visionless, adjective
Synonyms
2. perception, discernment. 4. apparition, phantasm, chimera. See dream.
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Examples from the web for vision
  • vision in the affected eye or eyes slowly gets worse.
  • The researchers could cancel out vision of one eye's image by presenting a specific high contrast image to the other eye.
  • My other eye is free to see ahead of me, and my peripheral vision out of both eyes is clear.
  • His vision is fading, and he is talking about getting contacts or having laser surgery on his eyes.
  • He had a vision, of an entirely new role for himself, one that suited a laid-back lifestyle as he reshaped his old image.
  • There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any more than there is a unique poetic vision.
  • His vision of a new mental universe held together by post-printing technology now looks dated.
  • In many ways it's a beautiful and comforting vision.
  • But that vision of paddling hadrosaurs was discarded decades ago.
  • In the famous lyricist he found not only a surrogate father but a vision of the future.
British Dictionary definitions for vision

vision

/ˈvɪʒən/
noun
1.
the act, faculty, or manner of perceiving with the eye; sight
2.
  1. the image on a television screen
  2. (as modifier): vision control
3.
the ability or an instance of great perception, esp of future developments: a man of vision
4.
a mystical or religious experience of seeing some supernatural event, person, etc: the vision of St John of the Cross
5.
that which is seen, esp in such a mystical experience
6.
(sometimes pl) a vivid mental image produced by the imagination: he had visions of becoming famous
7.
a person or thing of extraordinary beauty
8.
the stated aims and objectives of a business or other organization
verb
9.
(transitive) to see or show in or as if in a vision
Derived Forms
visionless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin vīsiō sight, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for vision
n.

late 13c., "something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural," from Anglo-French visioun, Old French vision (12c.), from Latin visionem (nominative visio) "act of seeing, sight, thing seen," from past participle stem of videre "to see," from PIE root *weid- "to know, to see" (cf. Sanskrit veda "I know;" Avestan vaeda "I know;" Greek oida, Doric woida "I know," idein "to see;" Old Irish fis "vision," find "white," i.e. "clearly seen," fiuss "knowledge;" Welsh gwyn, Gaulish vindos, Breton gwenn "white;" Gothic, Old Swedish, Old English witan "to know;" Gothic weitan "to see;" English wise, German wissen "to know;" Lithuanian vysti "to see;" Bulgarian vidya "I see;" Polish widzieć "to see," wiedzieć "to know;" Russian videt' "to see," vest' "news," Old Russian vedat' "to know"). The meaning "sense of sight" is first recorded late 15c. Meaning "statesman-like foresight, political sagacity" is attested from 1926.

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vision in Medicine

vision vi·sion (vĭzh'ən)
n.

  1. The faculty of sight; eyesight.

  2. The manner in which an individual sees or conceives of something.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for vision

vision

Related Terms

tunnel vision


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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vision in the Bible

(Luke 1:22), a vivid apparition, not a dream (comp. Luke 24:23; Acts 26:19; 2 Cor. 12:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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