- Representation is the act of speaking on someone's behalf, or depicting or portraying something.
- When a lawyer acts on behalf of a client, this is an example of representation.
- When you make a drawing of your mother that is meant to look like her, this is an example of a representation of your mother.
representation definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a representing or being represented (in various senses); specif., the fact of representing or being represented in a legislative assembly
- legislative representatives, collectively
- a likeness, image, picture, etc.
- a description, account, or statement of facts, allegations, or arguments, esp. one intended to influence action, persuade hearers, make protest, etc.
- the production or performance of a play, etc.
- Law a statement or implication of fact, oral or written, as made by one party to induce another to enter into a contract
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin repraesentatio
representation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The act of representing or the state of being represented.
- Something that represents, as:a. An image or likeness of something.b. An account or statement, as of facts, allegations, or arguments.c. An expostulation; a protest.d. A presentation or production, as of a play.
- The state or condition of serving as an official delegate, agent, or spokesperson.
- The right or privilege of being represented by delegates having a voice in a legislative body.
- A body of legislators that serve on behalf of a constituency.
- Law A statement of fact made by one party in order to induce another party to enter into a contract.
- Mathematics A homomorphism from an algebraic system to a similar system of matrices.
representation - Ologies & -Isms Definition
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adumbration a sketchy representation of something. airscape a view or pictorial representation of the earth from above, as from an aircraft. allegory an art form, as a story, painting, or sculpture, in which the components have a symbolic, figurative meaning. —allegorist, allegorizer, n. —allegorical, adj. anaglyphoscope a pair of lenses of different colors used in spectacles for viewing a specially processed two-dimensional picture, creating a three-dimensional effect. anamorphism a distorted image of an object, as in anamorphic art. Also anamorphosis. —anamorphic, adj. anamorphoscope a cylindrical mirror for correcting the distorted image created by anamorphism. anamorphosis anamorphism. anamorphosy Obsolete, anamorphosis. astrolabe a stereographic projection of the earth, as a sphere, on the plane of one of the great circles. Also called planisphere. burlesque an exaggerated representation; grotesque parody or satire. caricature a distorted representation, usually pictorial, often used to parody people in public life. —caricaturist, n. cartogram a simplified or abstracted form of diagrammatic representation of statistical data, usually on a map base or distorted map base. charactery 1. a system of symbols used to represent ideas. 2. expression by means of such symbols. cinematography the art or technique of using a motion-picture camera or prjector. —cinematograph, n., v. —cinematographer, n. —cinematographic, adj. cityscape a view or representation of a city, especially in a painting, photograph, etc. cloudscape a view or representation of clouds, particularly a painting of clouds. conspectus a summary, outline, or general view of a situation. cosmorama a display of scenes of different parts of the world. —cosmoramic, adj. cosmosphere a hollow glass globe, for depicting the position of the earth in relation to the fixed stars at a given time. culturist a person who is well acquainted with culture, as literature, the arts, etc., and who advocates their worth to society. cyclorama a circular panorama, usually of a landscape or battle, designed to be viewed from a central point. Also called panorama. —cycloramic, adj. diorama 1. a miniature, three-dimensional scene, often depicting a historical event. 2. an apparatus designed for giving extra realism to paintings by transmitting light through them in various colors and intensities at different times. epitome something representative as a fine example of the whole group of things to which it belongs. See also books. georama a large globe or sphere in which a spectator can stand and view a representation of the earth’s surface. histogram Statistics. a graph showing frequency distribution in which rectangles based on the horizontal axis are assigned widths that correspond to class intervals and heights that correspond to frequency. hologram a three-dimensional representation in photographic form, recorded on film by a reflected laser beam of a subject illuminated by part of the same laser beam. hypermyriorama an exhibit or cyclorama showing a great variety of scènes. idiograph 1. a signature or mark characteristic of or peculiar to a particular person, organization, etc. 2. a logotype or trademark. macrograph a drawing, photograph, or other image that represents an object or scène with little or no magnification. malkin British Dialect, a scarecrow or any grotesque effigy. Also spelled mawkin. myriorama a form of landscape picture, made of several sections that can be combined in various ways to make different scenes. neorama a type of panorama which represents the interior of a large building in which the spectator appears to be standing as he views the scene displayed. panorama cyclorama; hence, any unlimited view or comprehensive survey. —panoramic, panoramical, adj. phantasmagoria a type of magiclantern show in which rapidly moving images blend, change size, etc.; hence, any series of images that move and change rapidly, as a dream. —phantasmagorial, phantasmagoric, adj. planisphere an astrolabe. praxinoscope an instrument that represents the effect of moving images on a screen. purism In literature and art. strict adherence to particular concepts, rules, or ideals of form, style, etc., either as formulated by the artist or as dictated by a school with which the artist is allied. See also art; criticism; language. —purist, n., adj. riverscape a view or representation of a river, especially in a painting, photograph, etc. schema an outline or diagrammatic representation. See also drawing. —schematic, adj. schematism the form, disposition, or outline of a thing or concept. —schematist, n. seascape a view or representation of the sea or seashore, especially in a painting, photograph, etc. skyscape a view or representation of the sky, especially in a painting, photograph, etc. stereopticon a projector with two complete lanterns, so that one picture appears to be dissolving while the other is appearing. —stereoptician, n. —stereoptican, adj. symbolism symbology, defs. 1 and 2. symbology 1. the study and interpretation of symbols. 2. representation by means of symbols. Also symbolism. 3. any system of symbols. —symbologist, n. —symbological, adj. tachyscope a type of kinescope that presents the effect of moving pictures by use of a rotating glass plate with images attached to it. teliconograph an apparatus combining a telescope and the camera lucida, used for producing images of distant objects on a screen. thaumatrope a card with a different design or picture on each side that appear to merge when the card is whirled around. —thaumatropical, adj. townscape a view or representation of a town, especially in a painting, photograph, etc. travesty imitation or parody for the purpose of ridicule; a grotesque or ludicrous representation. waterscape 1. a view of a stretch or body of water, as a lake. 2. a drawing or painting of such a view.
representation - Legal Definition
A statement of fact made with the purpose of getting someone to become party to a transaction or contract. See also misrepresentation.