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. The power of the mind to form images.
  8. Act of conceiving mental images.
  9. Act of imagining: the faculty of forming images in the mind: that which is imagined: contrivance.
  10. Act of imagining; faculty of imagining; fancy.
  11. The picturing power or act of the mind.
  12. That which is imagined; a fantasm; notion.
  13. 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.
  14. Scheme or contrivance formed in the mind; that power or faculty of the mind by which it conceives or forms ideas of things.

Usage examples for imagination

  1. 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
  2. You see that left everything to the imagination, which is a great thing in poetry. – Andiron Tales by John Kendrick Bangs
  3. Imagination, my dear lady, pure imagination. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  4. It's all your imagination. – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  5. 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
  6. But Jack has imagination, and I have none. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  7. 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
  8. We all had tea leaves, but she had imagination. – My Lady of the Chimney Corner by Alexander Irvine
  9. " It is your imagination, dear. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  10. It is not a thing of mere imagination. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
  11. 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
  12. At night The lake is a wide silence, Without imagination. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  13. And then- and then- But imagination carried her no further. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. But he started up, the night seemed less black; he looked intently; yes, he could distinguish the outlines of the pillars dimly, so dimly that he thought he saw them only in imagination. – Orientations by William Somerset Maugham
  15. 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
  16. A poet's divine imagination! – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  17. Through the imagination it speaks to the soul. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
  18. 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
  19. Imagination had no place here. – Virginia of Elk Creek Valley by Mary Ellen Chase
  20. Only you've got to have imagination. – Gigolo by Edna Ferber