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imagination

Definitions

  • A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination
    A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n imagination the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses "popular imagination created a world of demons","imagination reveals what the world could be"
    • n imagination the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems "a man of resource"
    • n imagination the ability to form mental images of things or events "he could still hear her in his imagination"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Imaginal Buds of Butterfly Imaginal Buds of Butterfly

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
    • Imagination A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion. "The same power, which we should call fancy if employed on a production of a light nature, would be dignified with the title of imagination if shown on a grander scale."
    • Imagination 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. "Our simple apprehension of corporeal objects, if present, is sense; if absent, is imagination .""Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present, or as if they were present."
    • Imagination 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. "The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
      Are of imagination all compact . . . The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
      Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven,
      And as imagination bodies forth
      The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
      Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
      A local habitation and a name."
    • Imagination The representative power; the power to reconstruct or recombine the materials furnished by direct apprehension; the complex faculty usually termed the plastic or creative power; the fancy. "The imagination of common language -- the productive imagination of philosophers -- is nothing but the representative process plus the process to which I would give the name of the “comparative.”""The power of the mind to decompose its conceptions, and to recombine the elements of them at its pleasure, is called its faculty of imagination .""The business of conception is to present us with an exact transcript of what we have felt or perceived. But we have moreover a power of modifying our conceptions, by combining the parts of different ones together, so as to form new wholes of our creation. I shall employ the word imagination to express this power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imagination 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 imagination An image in the mind; a formulated conception or idea.
    • n imagination The act of devising, planning, or scheming; a contrivance; scheme; device; plot.
    • n imagination A baseless or fanciful opinion.
    • n imagination 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 imagination In entomology, the act of transforming into an imago or of reaching the imaginal stage: said of insects completing their metamorphosis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Imagination act of imagining: the faculty of forming images in the mind: that which is imagined: contrivance
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Quotations

  • George Jean Nathan
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    “To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.”
  • Red Barber
    Red Barber
    “When I'm talking to a large audience, I imagine that I'm talking to a single person.”
  • Julius Caesar
    Julius%20Caesar
    “What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
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    “You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.”
  • Robert Coover
    Robert Coover
    “The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. imaginacionum, F. imagination, fr. L. imaginatio,. See Imagine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. imaginer—L. imagināriimago, an image.

Usage

In literature:

I can't imagine now how I stood it for so long.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Beauty of place imagined was to him infinitely more vivid than beauty seen.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
She stopped and Thirlwell got up, imagining that she had made a mistake.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
It seemed eminently fitted for a poet's hand, full of subjects alluring to the penetrative imagination.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
It is essentially a period of idealism, of imagining better things and conditions than are possible in this world.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
A winter journey lasting nearly three times as long as a spring journey was not imagined.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
She could imagine positively nothing less romantic.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Anything less like an ogre than our overgrown baby of a friend it would he impossible to imagine.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
Patriotism is an imaginative passion, and imagination is ingenuous.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
We are too readily inclined to imagine that our eye can directly grasp the different distances in our surroundings.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
It was her imagination of the thing that she enjoyed rather than the thing itself.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Her voice was the most musical one could imagine.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Imagination, and imagination alone, is the new method they employ.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
In a vague kind of way I imagined that death was the end of everything.
"The Passion for Life" by Joseph Hocking
Don't imagine that anyone will admire that silly face of yours.
"The Threatening Eye" by Edward Frederick Knight
One would have imagined West Point had been scored upon.
"An Annapolis First Classman" by Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
And Agnes Graham had imagined that she had out-distanced her in the affections of a belted earl!
"Under One Flag" by Richard Marsh
Nor can it by any stretch of imagination be supposed to lie in the way of wandering bands of Sabeans, whose home was in the centre of Arabia.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
I imagined that I had found a true friend and well-wisher.
"Short Stories" by Fiodor Dostoievski
He was the most conscientious soldier imaginable.
"The Red Battle Flyer" by Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
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In poetry:

I doubt if King John
Was a sine qua non.
I could rather imagine it
Of any other Plantagenet.
"Clerihew - King John" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Buried in Winter,
How unexpected it is
Between the trees
To imagine flowers
In the fallen snow.
"Buried in Winter" by Ki no Tsurayuki
There was no colour
To my heart, but with you
It is dyed and now
That it might fade
Is beyond imagination.
"There was no colour" by Ki no Tsurayuki
He has lost him completely,     as if he had never been at all.
In his imagination,     in his delusions,
on the lips of others     it is his lips he is seeking;
he is longing to feel again     the love he has known.
"In Despair" by Constantine P Cavafy
Boys who are slight and quiet, but boys who are strong and true,
Dreaming of great inventions—-always of something new;
With brains untrammelled by training, but quick where reason directs—-
Boys with imagination and keen, strong intellects.
"Australian Engineers" by Henry Lawson
But on to me tale. Just imagine . . . Darkness! The battle-front!
The furious 'Uns attackin'! Us ones a-bearin' the brunt!
Me crouchin' be'ind a sandbag, tryin' 'ard to keep calm,
When I 'ears someone singin' a 'ymn toon; be'old! it is Soulful Sam.
"The Ballad Of Soulful Sam" by Robert W Service

In news:

So easy to imagine her in an apron, arms open for a hug, rosy cheeks powdery with flour.
Lsquo;Imagine if America was a dictatorship,&rdquo.
'Little Prince,' imagination open at Carousel.
I can't imagine that will happen'.
The Garden Grove mega-church 'defies imagination,' says the chief operating officer for the new Christ Cathedral.
Karl Rove never imagined that opposition to same-sex marriage would cement a permanent Republican majority.
NFL Ball Boy Face-Plants and It's As Spectacular As You'd Imagine.
I think you can imagine, when Sock sets his mind on banging his sister, he's going to bang his sister.
Once upon a time there was a magical world full of color, fueled by imagination.
Re-imagined as art installation through Oct 7.
So, imagine this for a second.
I imagine the most unusual food I've ever eaten was in the South Pacific and I don't even want to know what it may have been.
Imagine a large, dead Saint Bernard with its bones removed.
So, you can imagine the porn.
In Artifacts, Valitchka (left) can't keep Clark's imagination in line.
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In science:

All the lines have to imagined to carry arrows (not drawn) pointing toward the root.
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
Since we are imagining all our sample spaces as finite, a conditional probability µ(x|y ) = µ(x∩y )/µ(y ) is only really meaningful when µ(y ) > 0.
A Bell Inequality Analog in Quantum Measure Theory
It is thus difficult to imagine a structurally simple theory that characterizes and quantifies all details of multi-particle entangled states.
Efficient Generation of Generic Entanglement
Imagine, e.g., that vertex i is not covered, than al l j ∈ N (i) have to be simultaneously covered.
Message passing for vertex covers
This theory could be studied analytically, or, like lattice QCD, one could imagine simulating this theory and getting some approximation of cosmological dynamics.
String Field Theory
Imagine first a bulk sample, of dimensions L × W × W, where L is the sample length along the columns.
Transverse Meissner Physics of Planar Superconductors with Columnar Pins
V10−p is the extra-dimensional volume in units of √α′ . 3-branes in the original ADD scenario with TeV scale gravity would therefore lead to a tiny λ, but one could imagine the Standard Model localized on wrapped D7-branes for example, in which case intermediate values of λ are possible.
Noncommutativity from the string perspective: modification of gravity at a mm without mm sized extra dimensions
We are especially concerned with “free proper G-actions” or “all proper G-actions”, but one could imagine many other restrictions such as “fixed point free” or, more generally, “with isotropy in F ”, where F is a set of subgroups of G closed under conjugation or subconjugation.
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
Even if we cannot reduce quantum fluctuations, we can imagine what results we would obtain if we could.
Models of measurement for quantum fields and for classical continuous random fields
Imagine that it is possible for a black hole to ‘emit’ a test particle carrying away δE and δJ in such a way that the horizon area increases after emission.
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings
Imagine dropping into it a particle with the effect that δj < 0.
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings
Imagine now that we stretch the time scale on the E side and shrink it on the W side, preserving the image positions.
Gravitational lensing model degeneracies: Is steepness all-important?
Next, let us imagine stretching the time scale on the E and W quadrants while shrinking it on the N and S quadrants.
Gravitational lensing model degeneracies: Is steepness all-important?
We can thus imagine a hierarchy of lensing degeneracies, from an m = 0 mode (the steepness degeneracy) through m = 1, 2, etc. representing various shape degeneracies.
Gravitational lensing model degeneracies: Is steepness all-important?
One may imagine spline or other curvilinear interpolation, but the geometric calculations are greatly simplified by a piecewise linear representation.
Fluxon Modeling of Low-Beta Plasmas
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