from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The faculty of sight; eyesight: poor vision.
  • n. Something that is or has been seen.
  • n. Unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight: a leader of vision.
  • n. The manner in which one sees or conceives of something.
  • n. A mental image produced by the imagination.
  • n. The mystical experience of seeing as if with the eyes the supernatural or a supernatural being.
  • n. A person or thing of extraordinary beauty.
  • transitive v. To see in or as if in a vision; envision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sense or ability of sight.
  • n. Something imaginary one thinks one sees.
  • n. An ideal or a goal toward which one aspires.
  • n. A religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance.
  • n. A person or thing of extraordinary beauty.
  • v. To imagine something as if it were to be true.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seeing external objects; actual sight.
  • n. The faculty of seeing; sight; one of the five senses, by which colors and the physical qualities of external objects are appreciated as a result of the stimulating action of light on the sensitive retina, an expansion of the optic nerve.
  • n. That which is seen; an object of sight.
  • n. Especially, that which is seen otherwise than by the ordinary sight, or the rational eye; a supernatural, prophetic, or imaginary sight; an apparition; a phantom; a specter.
  • n. Hence, something unreal or imaginary; a creation of fancy.
  • transitive v. To see in a vision; to dream.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To see as in a vision; perceive by the eye of the intellect or imagination.
  • To present in or as in a vision.
  • n. The act of seeing external objects; sight.
  • n. The faculty that perceives the luminosity, color, form, and relative size of objects; that sense whose organ is the eye; by extension, an analogous mental power. As noting one of the five special senses of the body, vision is correlated with olfaction, audition, gustation, and taction. See sight.
  • n. That which is seen; an object of sight; specifically, a supernatural or prophetic appearance; something seen in a dream, ecstasy, trance, or the like; also, an imaginary appearance; an apparition; a phantom.
  • n. Anything unreal or imaginary; a mere creation of fancy; a fanciful view.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ability to see; the visual faculty
  • n. a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance
  • n. a vivid mental image
  • n. the perceptual experience of seeing
  • n. the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vīsiō, vīsiōn-, from vīsus, past participle of vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin visio ("vision, seeing"), noun of action from the perfect passive participle visus ("that which is seen"), from the verb videre ("to see") + action noun suffix -io. (Wiktionary)



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