imagery: in mental life, the collective representation of mental images or depictions of anything either perceived (perceptual imagery) or, if not actually present as a sensory stimulus, recognized in memory (memory imagery), or in dream, confabulation, or fantasy (fictive imagery). Imagery refers to a predominantly visual sensory modality of input.

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Im"age*ry (?), n. [OE. imagerie, F. imagerie.]


The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects; imitation work; images in general, or in mass.

"Painted imagery."


In those oratories might you see Rich carvings, portraitures, and imagery. Dryden.


Fig.: Unreal show; imitation; appearance.

What can thy imagery of sorrow mean? Prior.


The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms.

The imagery of a melancholic fancy. Atterbury.


Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse.

I wish there may be in this poem any instance of good imagery. Dryden.


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