imaging definition by Webster's New World
imaging definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The visual representation of an object, such as a body part or celestial body, for the purpose of medical diagnosis or data collection, using any of a variety of usually computerized techniques, such as ultrasonography or spectroscopy.
- Psychology The use of mental images to influence bodily processes and to control pain, or to achieve a goal that one has visualized or imagined.
imaging - Computer Definition
(1) Creating a film or electronic image of any picture or paper form. It is accomplished by scanning or photographing an object and turning it into a matrix of dots (bitmap), the meaning of which is unknown to the computer, only to the human viewer. Scanned images of text may be encoded into computer data (ASCII or EBCDIC) with page recognition software (OCR). See micrographics, image processing and document imaging.
(2) The illusion of a live performance in audio playback. Microphone placement during recording, post-recording mixing in the studio and the performance of the speakers when listening all contribute to the quality of the imaging. Geared to the type of venue such as a concert hall or nightclub, surround sound processing in the audio equipment creates or enhances effects that attempt to make imaging more realistic. Speaker Imaging From the playback side, imaging quality is derived mostly from the speakers. The stiffness and mass of the speaker cone, along with the materials used to suspend the cone in its frame, are the primary criteria that affect the speaker's capability of reproducing sound accurately, and thus the imaging. See surround sound and audiophile.
imaging - Medical Definition
- Visualization of internal body organs, tissues, or cavities using specialized instruments and techniques for diagnostic purposes.
- The use of mental images to influence bodily processes, especially to control pain.
imaging - Science Definition
Variant of image
- an imitation or representation of a person or thing, drawn, painted, photographed, etc.; esp., a statue
- a sculptured figure used as an idol
- the visual impression of something produced by reflection from a mirror, refraction through a lens, etc.
- a person or thing very much like another; copy; counterpart; likeness
- a mental picture of something; conception; idea; impression
- ☆ the concept of a person, product, institution, etc. held by the general public, often one deliberately created or modified by publicity, advertising, propaganda, etc.
- a type; typical example; symbol; embodiment: the very image of laziness
- a vivid representation; graphic description: a drama that is the image of life
- a figure of speech; esp., a metaphor or simile
- Psychoanalysis a picture or likeness of a person, as of a parent, usually idealized, constructed in the unconscious and remaining there; imago
Origin: Old French ; from imagene ; from Classical Latin imaginem, accusative of imago, imitation, copy, image, akin to aemulus: see emulate
- imager noun