• WordNet 3.6
    • n imagery the ability to form mental images of things or events "he could still hear her in his imagination"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imagery Fig.: Unreal show; imitation; appearance. "What can thy imagery of sorrow mean?"
    • Imagery Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse. "I wish there may be in this poem any instance of good imagery ."
    • Imagery The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects; imitation work; images in general, or in mass. "Painted imagery .""In those oratories might you see
      Rich carvings, portraitures, and imagery ."
    • Imagery The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms. "The imagery of a melancholic fancy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imagery Representation in an image or by images; formation of images by art; also, images collectively.
    • n imagery A type or general likeness; similitude.
    • n imagery Descriptive representation; exhibition of ideal images to the mind; figurative illustration.
    • n imagery Mental representation; formation of images in the mind; fanciful or fantastic imagination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Imagery (im′āj-ri, or im′āj-er-i) the work of the imagination: mental pictures: figures of speech
    • ns Imagery (orig.) images in general
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  • Marina Warner
    Marina Warner
    “The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. imagerie, F. imagerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. imago, image; cf. imitāri, to imitate.


In literature:

It abounds in noble imagery.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
They suggest an imagery quite in accord with common-sense and with observation of the motions of great masses like the planets.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
No one could fail to be moved by the old man's intense earnestness, his florid and mixed imagery, and his appealing look.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Rick listened grimly, and made a note of the imagery.
"Drolls From Shadowland" by J. H. Pearce
I thought the passage on Night you sent showed an aptitude for choice imagery.
"Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1883" by T. Hall Caine
How remarkable are the strong outlines as interestingly touched up by creative imagery!
"Cupology" by Clara
But imagery no longer decorates my thought.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The temple paraphernalia of Buddhist worship strangely resembles Catholic imagery.
"Through the Malay Archipelago" by Emily Richings
The second thing to note about the poem is the extraordinary freshness and truth of its imagery.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
All the music of sweet imagery and pure bracing idealism thrilled through her whole being.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

The coral isle, the lion-coloured sand
Burst in upon the porcelain revery:
Impetuous troubling
Of his imagery.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
The rushing crystals throb about my brain,
And thrill, and shoot again,--
Their teeming imagery crowds my sphere,
If Silence be but here.
"Silence" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Love hath a chamber all of imagery;
And there is one dim nook,
A little storied web wherein my heart
From leaf to leaf is read as in a book.
"Last Love [Canzone]" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Upon thy wrist the jessied falcon fleet,
A silver poniard chased with imageries
Hung at a buckled belt, while at thy feet
The gasping heron dies.
"The Ideal" by Madison Julius Cawein
Fade, pomp of dreadful imagery
Wherewith mankind have deified
Their hate, and selfishness, and pride!
Let the scared dreamer wake to see
The Christ of Nazareth at his side!
"The Over-Heart" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But no! the imagery, say you,
Is wondrous witty--but not true;
For the old year that last night went
Has not been so much lost as spent:
You gave it in exchange to Death
For just twelve months of happy breath.
"A New Year Letter" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Powers Imagery/Photo by Al Powers.
You can't deny the imagery that Kix Brooks and co-writer Leslie Satcher paint with the lyrics of "Moonshine Road," the latest single from Kix 's New To This Town album.
The incredible expanse of the midwestern Great Lake is captured in the dramatic black-and-white imagery of Peter Scott Eide.
Satellite imagery obtained by the Associated Press shows that building has stopped on a rocket-testing launch pad .
That would be the quick and easy route, but the unfortunate reality is that unless you get permission first, posting imagery you find online is simply not legal .
In just a little under a year, Linear North has honed a sound combining this abstract lyrical imagery with heavy psychedelic riffing a la Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard.
This satellite imagery shows the central part of the city of Garowe, Somalia.
The singer's out with her first album ("Charmer") since 2008 and eighth overall in a career notable for its attention to craftsmanlike detail and haunting imagery.
You can't deny the imagery that Kix Brooks and co-writer Leslie Satcher paint with the lyrics of " Moonshine Road," the latest single from Kix's New To This Town album.
The new data from NASA was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet, made possible by the new "day-night band" of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).
The imagery, which was posted to NASA 's website on Wednesday, shows the planet bathed in cool blue, with city lights radiating out in sinewy yellow splotches.
The special-edition bottle gets in the spooky spirit with its clawed logo, "Escaped from Britain" necker and werewolf imagery.
Imagery was created by T2 in conjunction with Harvest Productions, two Kansas City firms that implemented an immersive wrap-around environment for 1,700 guests following the venue's opening night performance.
For the second night , T2 provided imagery for a more personal dining experience.
The California rockers have yanked their new "Looking Hot" video off YouTube after getting complaints from Native Americans who said the clip's cowboys-and-Indians imagery made a mockery of their culture.

In science:

The whole imagery of processes mediated by particles moving forward and backward in time is probably inappropriate.
Overview and Outlook
The observing strategy invokes slitless spectroscopy with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), coupled with STIS broad-band imagery.
Planetary Nebulae in the Magellanic Clouds: Probing Stellar Evolution and Populations
The only candidate in HST imagery for this jet appears to be a displaced, ionized knot.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
The ubiquity of such jets from the proplyds then became immediately apparent in the HST imagery of Bally, O’Dell & McCaughrean (2000).
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
Also, the only jet candidate to explain the high-speed unresolved feature in an MES pv array is found to be a displaced ionized knot in the HST imagery of the proplyd LV 5.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins