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Definitions of imagination

  1. 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"
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion.
  6. The picture- forming power of the mind; the ability to create thoughts, ideas, or fancies; especially, the higher forms of this power exercised in art and poetry, usually termed the creative power; any product of this mind- power; a conception or idea; fanciful opinion; fancy; invention.
  7. Act of imagining: the faculty of forming images in the mind: that which is imagined: contrivance.
  8. Act of imagining; faculty of imagining; fancy.
  9. The picturing power or act of the mind.
  10. That which is imagined; a fantasm; notion.
  11. The strictly poetic or creative faculty as exhibited in the vivid conceptions and combinations, more especially of the fine arts; image in the mind; idea; contrivance or device; an unsolid or fanciful opinion.
  12. Scheme or contrivance formed in the mind; that power or faculty of the mind by which it conceives or forms ideas of things.
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Usage examples for imagination

  1. At night The lake is a wide silence, Without imagination. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  2. His society, then, had in these six weeks become, for Kitty, a passion- a passion of the imagination. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. " It is your imagination, dear. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  4. You see that left everything to the imagination, which is a great thing in poetry. – Andiron Tales by John Kendrick Bangs
  5. Only you've got to have imagination. – Gigolo by Edna Ferber
  6. A poet's divine imagination! – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  7. And if you ever marry I want you to find some woman you can love as you loved your wife, someone who will touch your imagination, set you on fire with dreams, and I could never do it. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  8. Imagination, my dear lady, pure imagination. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  9. And then- and then- But imagination carried her no further. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  10. Or had it been simply his own imagination that had made him see a look of evil where there had been a look of joy? – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  11. This time it was not imagination- nor, he knew now, had it been imagination before. – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  12. He lived there, with his beloved wife and his imagination, till his death in 1843. And all the time life was to him a poet's dream. – Sintram and His Companions by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque Commentator: Charlotte M. Yonge
  13. But Jack has imagination, and I have none. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  14. It's all your imagination. – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  15. Her imagination, possessed by the scenes of the past night, presented to her lively fear for Halsey's safety. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  16. Through the imagination it speaks to the soul. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
  17. It is not a thing of mere imagination. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
  18. Imagination had no place here. – Virginia of Elk Creek Valley by Mary Ellen Chase
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