Definition of Imagery

1. Noun. The ability to form mental images of things or events. "He could still hear her in his imagination"

Definition of Imagery

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

Definition of Imagery

1. Noun. The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects. ¹

2. Noun. Imitation work. ¹

3. Noun. Images in general, or en masse. ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) Unreal show; imitation; appearance. ¹

5. Noun. The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms. ¹

6. Noun. Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse. ¹

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Definition of Imagery

1. mental pictures [n -ERIES]

Medical Definition of Imagery

1. A cognitive-behavioural strategy that uses mental images produced by the imagination as a form of psychotherapy as an aid to relaxation. It can be classified by the modality of its content: visual, verbal, auditory, olfactory, tactile, gustatory, or kinesthetic. Common themes derive from nature imagery (e.g., forests and mountains), water imagery (e.g., brooks and oceans), travel imagery, etc. Imagery is used in the treatment of mental disorders and in helping patients cope with other diseases. Imagery often forms a part of hypnosis, of autogenic training, of relaxation techniques, and of behaviour therapy. (04 Jul 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Imagery

image tube
image virtual
imagery (current term)
imaginal disc

Literary usage of Imagery

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1. The Individual Delinquent: A Text-book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All by William Healy (1915)
"Criminalistic Mental imagery. The general relation of mental imagery to ... By imagery we mean mental copies of former sensory perceptions which arise in ..."

2. The Psychology of Musical Talent by Carl Emil Seashore (1919)
"recall music readily in auditory imagery and that the compositions naturally ... Most of them maintain also that their imagery has developed with training. ..."

3. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1903)
"Five seconds later he was told by another signal to watch his imagery carefully ... For stimuli designed to evoke visual imagery various figures were used, ..."

4. A Text-book of Experimental Psychology by Charles Samuel Myers (1909)
"Those in whom auditory imagery is developed hear the letters sounding during ... In those whose imagery is of the visual kind, on the other hand, ..."

5. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"The accidents of individual experience and mental imagery. Not only is the type of memory very different in different individuals, but the special contents ..."

6. The Psychology of Childhood by Naomi Norsworthy, Mary Theodora Whitley (1918)
"The old advice to the teacher, to discover what type of imagery a child used in his thinking, was given in order that she might present perceptual stimuli ..."

7. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1907)
"This is expressed in the generalization already made that the imagery of the picture tends to the imagery of the object represented by the picture. ..."

8. Educational Psychology by Edward Lee Thorndike (1914)
"Imaginary horizontal lines at V, A. M and T are scales for the degree of vividness, fidelity and frequency of visual, auditory, motor and touch imagery ..."

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