• A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination
    A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v imagine expect, believe, or suppose "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel","I thought to find her in a bad state","he didn't think to find her in the kitchen","I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
    • v imagine form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case "Can you conceive of him as the president?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs. Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler after watching her daughter play with baby dolls imagining then in grown up roles
    • Imagine To contrive in purpose; to scheme; to devise; to compass; to purpose. See Compass v. t., 5. "How long will ye imagine mischief against a man?"
    • Imagine To form images or conceptions; to conceive; to devise.
    • Imagine To form in the mind a notion or idea of; to form a mental image of; to conceive; to produce by the imagination. "In the night, imagining some fear,
      How easy is a bush supposed a bear!"
    • Imagine To represent to one's self; to think; to believe.
    • Imagine To think; to suppose. "I will not believe so meanly of you.""My sister is not so defenseless left
      As you imagine ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imagine To form a mental image of; produce by the imagination; especially, to construct by the productive imagination.
    • imagine To conceive in the mind; suppose; conjecture.
    • imagine To contrive in purpose; scheme; devise.
    • imagine = Syn. 1 and 2. Surmise, Guess, etc. (see conjecture), fancy, picture to one's self, apprehend, believe, suppose, deem. —3. To plan, frame. scheme.
    • imagine To form images or conceptions; exercise imagination.
    • imagine To suppose; fancy; think.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Imagine im-aj′in to form an image of in the mind: to conceive: to think:
    • v.i Imagine to form mental images: to conceive
    • v.t Imagine im-aj′in (B.) to contrive or devise
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  • George Eliot
    “You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.”
  • Kerry Thornley
    Kerry Thornley
    “What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.”
  • John Lennon
    “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.”
  • Ian Mcewan
    Ian Mcewan
    “Politics is the enemy of the imagination.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.”
  • Prince
    “Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. imaginer, L. imaginari, p. p. imaginatus, fr. imago, image. See Image
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. imaginer—L. imagināriimago, an image.


In literature:

The people of this place live in their imaginations.
"Dona Perfecta" by B. Perez Galdos
What do you imagine I am?
"Under Western Eyes" by Joseph Conrad
You can imagine all she went through!
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
He vividly imagined the casual questions that might be put to him and the answers he would give.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
Perhaps he too was a man of imagination and with some capacity for thought.
"Title: The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
She imagined herself to be exhausted; she imagined herself to be done.
"The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford
Tom Sawyer had heart sorrows too, and we may imagine that his emotions at such times were the emotions of Sam Clemens, say at the age of ten.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
It was difficult to imagine them not looking keenly intelligent.
"A Spirit in Prison" by Robert Hichens
And don't imagine for a moment that they are clean!
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
We do not believe it is only nervous and imaginative folk that are affected by them.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Had she not imagined herself consulting his good, even more than her own, she could hardly have given him up.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
When the mind contemplates bodies in this way, we will say that it imagines.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
They inspire one's imagination too, don't you think?
"Aliens" by William McFee
How should you imagine it to be possible?
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell
The foregoing is one of the most purely sweet imaginative passages in Rabelais's works.
"French Classics" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
I can't bring myself to imagine that it did.
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
He doubted that he had gripped her imagination.
"The Shadow of the Past" by F.E. Mills Young
The reader can easily imagine what clever thieves were found among us.
"The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
One could have imagined that his fiery spirit had worn down the flesh.
"The Coast of Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
They are usually strong in their likes and dislikes, and are susceptible to appeals to their imagination.
"The Psychology of Salesmanship" by William Walker Atkinson

In poetry:

Oh! wondrous force
Of strong imagination! were thy voice
Loud as the trumpet's blast, it could not wake him
From that eternal sleep!
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Yet though my limbs disease invades,
Her wings imagination tries,
And bears me to the peaceful shades,
Where ———- 's humble turrets rise.
"Spring" by Samuel Johnson
We have ascended to this paradise,
Make-believe angels hurrying to our choirs.
Imagination is our Sunday vice;
We are alone, alone with our desires.
"The Attic" by Henri Coulette
My temptation is quiet.
Here at life's end
Neither loose imagination,
Nor the mill of the mind
Consuming its rag and bone,
Can make the truth known.
"An Acre Of Grass" by William Butler Yeats
Now from the dust of half-forgotten
You rise to haunt me at the year's Spring-
And bring to memory dim imaginings
Of mystic meaning.
"To An Old Teapot" by Fay Inchfawn
A shepherd boy, but goodly to look upon,
Unnoticed but God-favored, sturdy of limb
As Michelangelo later imagined him,
…….Comely even in his frown.
"Saul And David" by Anthony Hecht

In news:

Though conflict between God's law and man's continues to puzzle the Islamic world, Muslim thinkers have been imaginative in seeking reasonable compromise.
It's a re-imagined account of the last months in her life.
Platt said he imagined this 572-square-foot space as if it were God's living room: monochromatic and spare, with nothing to take away from the view (see page 56) through the 22-foot windows.
The small-plates restaurant and tavern whips up imaginative creations on the edge of Little Tokyo.
But she never imagined being Judaism's first-ever female cantor. I wasn't in.
The past is powerful, a Titan, and can make creative debtors of the most ingenious imaginations.
The flavors of this fascinating area have captured the imagination of travelers for centuries.
What do you get when you mix the imagination of director Tim Burton with the classic tale of "Frankenstein.".
Imagine walking into a bar in downtown Las Vegas that used to be a cargo container .
You know, there are some players it's not so difficult to imagine taking alternate career paths.
Imagine what you could do with TEN GRAND in your hand.
Today technology has advanced in ways even Buck could not have imagined, but sadly some aspects of aviation have not kept pace.
When one hears the words " cat burglar ", one might imagine a stealthy, nimble thief making his way into high rises to steal away the valuables of the well to do owner and vanishing off into the night.
Imagine a favorite song from a musical coming to life in your own living room.
For his new book, this acclaimed author had to imagine Christina Aguilera dancing in dozens of different skimpy outfits.

In science:

If the relative rapidity of the scattering is Y then we imagine that α(Y − y ) ≈ αY >> 1 so that the right moving hadron has, in general, a wavefunction including many gluons.
Parton Saturation-An Overview
However, one can equally well imagine calculating d dY < O >Y by evaluating the change of the left moving system, due to an additional gluon emission, as one increases the rapidity of the left moving system by an amount dY .
Parton Saturation-An Overview
Imagine an arbitrary leaf label in a GNFSTA run on some tree (looking at t2 as an example).
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
We can imagine a deposition process in which bricks drop down onto the site with the lowest random number ri and then change this ri into another random number, or as the viscous fluid moving along the i’th (one dimensional) capillary channel, and reaching a new resistance.
Scaling in a simple model for surface growth in a random medium
One can imagine loose-knit networks for which there are so few edges that, presumably, the network has no giant component, and all vertices are connected to only a few others.
Random graphs as models of networks
Consider a randomly chosen edge somewhere in our graph and imagine following that edge to one of its ends and then to every other vertex reachable from that end.
Random graphs as models of networks
In particular, the small-world effect discussed in Section 2 means that diseases will spread through a community much faster than one might otherwise imagine.
Random graphs as models of networks
If we imagine occupying or colouring in all the edges that result in transmission of the disease during the current outbreak, then the set of vertices representing the hosts infected in this outbreak form a connected percolation cluster of occupied edges.
Random graphs as models of networks
We imagine a sequence of scenarii: the n-th one corresponds to partitioning [0, T ] into n time intervals, in each of which the Brownian motion goes fast to a region where the field v/plog(T ) has a fixed deterministic profile, and stays there during this time interval.
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
We now imagine the opposite situation from that of the previous section, i.e., we consider the regime εi = 0 where mean-field effects are negligibly weak compared with the random two-body interaction.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Imagine the graph G to be a lattice, and pack hard spheres of chemical radius 1 onto the vertices.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Imagine that a color singlet dipole with frozen transverse size d is injected into a random color field.
Superpenetration of a high energy Q barQ bound state through random color fields
Moreover if we imagine the graph in a dynamical way, we can say that the antipode realises a time reversal.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
As an example of application, imagine that some quantum measurements are done on a quantum system which lives on a space-time represented by the dynamical L-coalgebra G, viewed as H2 .
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
If we now imagine that, at that point, there is an atom, the hypothesis occurs quite naturally, that the electric field of the particle produces on the atom those same effects of excitation or ionization that the equivalent light would produce.
On the Theory of Collisions between Atoms and Electrically Charged Particles