Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having no image; not using images.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having no image.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lacking an image

Etymologies

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image +‎ -less

Examples

  • Unsurprisingly, Wundt, and others, refused to accept these new methods and conclusions, and a heated debate, the so called imageless thought controversy, ensued.

    His Name Was Do Re Mi

  • Nevertheless, the bitter dispute that ensued, the so called imageless thought controversy, had a profound effect on the development of scientific psychology (and, very arguably, philosophy too).

    His Name Was Do Re Mi

  • In his 1982 "Secondary Currents," which is described in the film's title credits as a "film noir," Rose pushes the sound and image concerns of structuralist filmmakers by creating a work that is "imageless": on a black screen, white subtitles translate the gibberish of the unreliable narrator in the voice-over.

    Baltimore City Paper

  • The first, as Mumford, who considered Geddes “my master,” explained, was to plan cities at a human scale to avoid the sprawling modern megalopolis, which Mumford called “the last word in imageless urban amorphousness.”

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • For Jacoby, this “imageless” approach is more respectful of the decisions of individual future actors and grows out of the respectful reluctance to represent or name the deity: it approaches what is good or holy only apophatically — “by negation” (xiv-xvi, 32-36, 147).

    Utopianism and Joanna Baillie: A Preface to Converging Revolutions

  • There are some ideas -- say, the combination iron/cellular telephone, the imageless television, or the disposable jumbo jet -- that even the best execution can't save.

    The Fallacy of Execution (and Sex), or Why Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Answer Questions About Facebook's Origins

  • There are some ideas -- say, the combination iron/cellular telephone, the imageless television, or the disposable jumbo jet -- that even the best execution can't save.

    Aaron Greenspan: The Fallacy of Execution (and Sex), or Why Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Answer Questions About Facebook's Origins

  • The first, as Mumford, who considered Geddes “my master,” explained, was to plan cities at a human scale to avoid the sprawling modern megalopolis, which Mumford called “the last word in imageless urban amorphousness.”

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • How, then, do the artificial images produced by art fit into this context? ... scholars have tried to remove the apparent opposition between the devotional image and the imageless devotion by assuming that mysticism, when diffused outside the spiritual elite, tended to become more tangible.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • Yet the mental images accompanying prayer and devotion were, in theory at least, to be avoided by the true mystic; and the supreme ideal was imageless devotion.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

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