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# imaginary

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• adjective Having existence only in the imagination; unreal.
• adjective Of or being the coefficient of the imaginary unit in a complex number.
• adjective Of, involving, or being an imaginary number.
• adjective Involving only a complex number of which the real part is zero.
• noun An imaginary number.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• Existing only in imagination or fancy; due to erroneous belief or conception; not real; baseless; fancied: opposed to actual.
• In mathematics, unreal and feigned in accordance with the theory of imaginary quantities.
• Synonyms Ideal, fanciful, fancied, visionary, unreal, shadowy, Utopian. Imaginary and imaginative are never synonymous: imaginary means existing only in the imagination; imaginative means possessed of or showing an active imagination.
• noun In algebra, an imaginary expression or quantity.

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

• adjective Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal.
• adjective (Alg.) an algebraic expression which involves the impossible operation of taking the square root of a negative quantity; as, √-9, a + b √-1.
• adjective (Geom.) points, lines, surfaces, etc., imagined to exist, although by reason of certain changes of a figure they have in fact ceased to have a real existence.
• noun (Alg.) An imaginary expression or quantity.

• adjective existing only in the imagination
• adjective mathematics of a number, having no real part; that part of a complex number which is a multiple of the square root of -1.

• adjective not based on fact; unreal
• noun (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1

## Etymologies

From Latin imāginārius ("relating to images, fancied"), from imāgo.

## Examples

• Because Larry’s Fundy brain is so locked by his literalism he simply thinks “imaginary numbers” are *actually imaginary* ,that is to say not real, they do not exist.

• In fact, psychologists use the term "imaginary audience" to describe this heightened state of vigilance that is especially strong during adolescence.

Robert Pagliarini: Get Over Yourself! Learn This Secret to Boost Your Confidence Robert Pagliarini 2011

• In fact, psychologists use the term "imaginary audience" to describe this heightened state of vigilance that is especially strong during adolescence.

Robert Pagliarini: Get Over Yourself! Learn This Secret to Boost Your Confidence Robert Pagliarini 2011

• In fact, psychologists use the term "imaginary audience" to describe this heightened state of vigilance that is especially strong during adolescence.

The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com Robert Pagliarini 2011

• But on the other hand, as this warmth is felt differently by different temperaments, so what we call imaginary things affect different minds.

• It wasn't so much fun imagining loosing her senses, and she refers to the imaginary loss of her eyesight and hearing as "harrowing."

Actress Eva Green's Perfect Sense of Character Elizabeth Fitzherbert 2011

• Their interests by virtue of public statements and the work made collectively between 1961 and 1966 appear largely designed to dissolve what in theater is known as the imaginary "fourth wall" dividing audiences from artists.

• Their interests by virtue of public statements and the work made collectively between 1961 and 1966 appear largely designed to dissolve what in theater is known as the imaginary "fourth wall" dividing audiences from artists.

• I write fantasy in imaginary worlds, but my settings are historically based.

WRITING QUESTION: RESEARCH SOURCES odysseyworkshop 2010

• I write fantasy in imaginary worlds, but my settings are historically based.

WRITING QUESTION: RESEARCH SOURCES odysseyworkshop 2010

• Imagine a comment.

November 5, 2007

• The auto-generated definition is mathematically correct for a complex number, though in common usage it also applies to an imaginary number. The mathematically correct definition for imaginary number is:

(n): (mathematics) a number of the form "bi" where "b" is a real number and i is the square root of -1

May 13, 2008

• Saturn is the only planet in our solar system that is less dense than water. If you could build an imaginary gigantic bathtub, Saturn would float in it.

National Geographic, trying to palm it off on NASA. No, if you built an imaginary bath, the water would still all fall through. You need to imagine building a real gigantic bath for this one.

February 23, 2009

• That's really not such a great analogy if you think about it too much. I'm pretty sure the gravitational pull of Saturn would do some things do a bathtub full of water. The whole idea of floating doesn't make a lot of sense on this scale.

March 2, 2009

• And in fact the water would have to be a cuboidal volume sufficient to contain a hemisphere of Saturn, and that's got some gravity of its own (that's an emphatic 'some' . . . I wonder how you punctuate that?); not to mention the rigid material for the bath.

March 2, 2009

• Well, it can be done; it just takes some imagination.

The revery alone will do…

March 2, 2009