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April 18,2005 I'm trying to come up with a definition for the word " image."

So I googled one. Here's are the somewhat edited reults of a search on


 Definitions of image on the Web:

  • an iconic mental representation; "her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate"
  • picture: a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
  • persona: (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world; "a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty"
  • prototype: a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
  • trope: language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
  • double: someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor); "he could be Gingrich's double"; "she's the very image of her mother"
  • visualize: imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
  • effigy: a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture);
  • In common usage, an image (from Latin imago) or picture is an artefact that reproduces the likeness of some subject;usually a physical object or a person.
  • Concrete representation of an object, or something seen.
  • Perceptions of the features, tangible and intangible, that characterize a brand.
  • A graphic representation or description of an object, typically produced by an optical or electronic device.
  • The defined pattern on a surface.
  • In data recovery parlance, to image a hard drive is to make an identical copy of the hard drive, including empty sectors. (Akin to cloning the data.) Also known as creating a ėmirror imageî or ėmirroringî the drive.
  • In this document, an "image" refers to content that encodes static (ie, unmoving) visual information. See also the definition of animation.
  • Two-dimensional reproduction of a subject formed by a lens.
  • A two-dimensional representation of a scene.
  • (MPEG-7): An Image refers to 2D spatially-varying visual data
  • a picture showing how something looks.
  • A visual icon or pattern used by interfaces to display units and terrain.
  • A symbol in its aspect as a formal unit of art with a natural content.

    As one can surmise, most of these definitions of “image” include the notion of visual representation in accordance with the purpose behind the representation. If we apply such a definition to the image of God, we might deduce that the imago Dei is God’s communication of Himself to the created world via visual representation (man) for the purpose of eliciting insight in the viewer into His own Persons.
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