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image (n.)

13世纪, “一块雕像; 看起来像人或物的人工表象”, 来自古法语 image “形象, 相似; 人物, 绘画, 肖像; 反射; 雕像”, 早期 imagene (11世纪), 来自拉丁语 imaginem (名词 imago) “复制, 模仿, 相似; 雕像, 图片”, 也有“幻影, 鬼魂, 幽灵”, 形象化的“想法, 外观”, 来自干 imitari “复制, 模仿” (来自PIE根 *aim- “复制” ).

意为“镜中倒影” 14世纪早期 精神意义在拉丁语中, 14世纪末出现在英语中“公众印象” 的意义从1908年开始在个别案例中得到证明, 但直到1958年在广告和公共关系的行话中兴起, 才被普遍使用.

To þe ymage of god he made hym [Genesis i. 27, Wycliffite Bible, early version, 1382]

image (v.)

14世纪晚期, “形成(某事) 心理图景, 想象”, 来自古法语 imagier, 来自 image (见 image (n.) ). 相关: Imaged; imaging.

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Definitions of image from WordNet
1
image (n.)
an iconic mental representation;
her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate
Synonyms: mental image
image (n.)
(Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world;
a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty
Synonyms: persona
image (n.)
a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface;
a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them
Synonyms: picture / icon / ikon
image (n.)
a standard or typical example;
he provided America with an image of the good father
Synonyms: prototype / paradigm / epitome
image (n.)
language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense;
Synonyms: trope / figure of speech / figure
image (n.)
someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor);
she's the very image of her mother
Synonyms: double / look-alike
image (n.)
(mathematics) the set of values of the dependent variable for which a function is defined;
the image of f(x) = x^2 is the set of all non-negative real numbers if the domain of the function is the set of all real numbers
Synonyms: range / range of a function
image (n.)
the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public;
although her popular image was contrived it served to inspire music and pageantry
the company tried to project an altruistic image
image (n.)
a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture);
the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone
Synonyms: effigy / simulacrum
2
image (v.)
render visible, as by means of MRI;
image (v.)
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind;
From wordnet.princeton.edu