image-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: a mental impression, or representation, mental vision

Commentary: IMAGE[+state][+mental][+representation][+vision/+allusion]
NOTE: implies a private, internalized representation.

John could not push the image of the burning towers out of his mind.
The candidate described his image of a kinder and gentler nation. (his internal vision that he is telling about)
His poems use the image of a hole to describe emotional emptiness. (the -idea- of a hole)
What does the image of a pig refer to in this story? (the -idea- of a pig)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5

Sense Number 2: a reproduction or physical representation of something

Commentary: IMAGE[+artifact][+reproduction][+visual] [+relation][+representation][+object]
NOTE: refers to a representation available for public perception (not private, as in Sense 1)

These images of Mars were taken with a 12-inch reflector telescope.
Their religion forbids any graven images of their deity.
Do you recognize the image on the screen?
A holographic image is projected in three-dimensional space.
Our image scanner somehow got a scratch on its glass plate.
Betty has come up with a new image compression algorithm. (compression of digital graphics data)
This figure is just the mirror image of that one.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 9

Sense Number 3: a public facade, an outward appearance to others

Commentary: IMAGE[+quality][+appearance][+facade][+public]
NOTE: does -not- imply the appearance or facade serves as a standard for a whole group (see Sense 4)

The sex scandal ruined his image as a devoted husband.
Teenagers tend to be very self-conscious of their image in public.
The company has tried to project an image of confidence to its investors.
John believes that politics is all about image and not about character or substance.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 8

Sense Number 4: serving as a standard, prototype or epitome of something

Commentary: IMAGE[+role][+standard][+epitome/+prototype]
NOTE: implies the thing is a standard for all things of its type.

This tailored dark suit is the image of good taste.
He provided them with the image of a good father.
She said that conspicuous consumption was the image of the Ugly American.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a double, a look-alike

Commentary: IMAGE[+individual][+similar][+look_alike]
NOTE: implies a comparison between two objects, the target one being very similar to the source one.
NOTE: there is -no- suggestion of either source or target being a standard for a kind of thing (see Sense 4)

He is the very image of his father.
Genesis states that God made man in his own image. (extended usage)
This necklace is the spitting image of one I apparently lost a year ago.


Sense Number 6: a set of mapped values produced by a mathematical function

Commentary: IMAGE[+mathematical][+set][+values][+mapped]

The image of f, denoted f(A), is the set where b is an element of B, and f(a) equals b for some element a of A.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 9