American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses.
- n. The mental image so formed.
- n. The ability or tendency to form such images.
- n. The ability to confront and deal with reality by using the creative power of the mind; resourcefulness: handled the problems with great imagination.
- n. A traditional or widely held belief or opinion.
- n. Archaic An unrealistic idea or notion; a fancy.
- n. Archaic A plan or scheme.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or faculty of forming a mental image of an object; the act or power of presenting to consciousness objects other than those directly and at that time produced by the action of the senses; the act or power of reproducing or recombining remembered images of sense-objects; especially, the higher form of this power exercised in poetry and art. Imagination is commonly divided into reproductive and productive; reproductive imagination being the act or faculty of reproducing images stored in the memory, under the suggestion of associated images; productive imagination being the creative imagination which designedly recombines former experiences into new images. The phrase productive imagination is also used in the Kantian philosophy to denote the pure transcendental imagination, or that faculty by which the parts of the intuitions of space and time are combined into continua.
- n. An image in the mind; a formulated conception or idea.
- n. The act of devising, planning, or scheming; a contrivance; scheme; device; plot.
- n. A baseless or fanciful opinion.
- n. Synonyms Imagination, Fancy. By derivation and early use fancy has the same meaning as imagination, but the words have become more and more distinctly separated. (See Wordsworth's preface to his “Lyrical Ballads.”) Imagination is the more profound, earnest, logical. Fancy is lighter, more sportive, and often more purely creative. We call “Hamlet” and “Macbeth” works of Shakspere's imagination, the “Midsummer Night's Dream” and “The Tempest” of his fancy.
- n. In entomology, the act of transforming into an imago or of reaching the imaginal stage: said of insects completing their metamorphosis.
- n. 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.
- n. Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.
- n. Creativity; resourcefulness.
- n. A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion; an imagining; something imagined.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. The representative power; the power to reconstruct or recombine the materials furnished by direct apprehension; the complex faculty usually termed the
plasticor creativepower; the fancy.
- n. 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.
- n. A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion.
- n. the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
- n. the ability to form mental images of things or events
- n. the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems
“Yet the framing of hypothesis is no mere random guesswork; it is left not to the imagination alone, but to the _scientific imagination_.”
“The only way out of this difficulty is to look upon the imagination as itself active and expressive in _verbal imagination_, and language as the language of _intuition_, not of the intelligence.”
“It's an illusion of course -- that particular romance of America; the endless promise of the road that exists in imagination, is now, in reality, book ended by a bankrupt state.”
“The word imagination derives from the idea of imaging.”
“People who blindly criticize the books for “promoting witchcraft” are completely missing the (obvious) point of them and all fantasy fiction – allegories for real life and values that can be learned from them, as well as learning that your imagination is a GOOD thing.”
“As an entrepreneur, my imagination is a cornerstone of my success.”
“However, at home, vacations, my office at lunch - I love seeing a nicely sculpted male on the cover, and I do prefer a little more semi-naked ... my imagination is an overachiever only does fabulously well with just a little hint.”
“I encourage people to read the books and not judge by this movie … Leaving these books to the imagination is a lot more satisfying.”
“However, by no stretch of the imagination is absorption more energy efficient than vapor compression when comparing equivalent systems.”
“Once your imagination is activated in one direction it goes off in others.”
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