Image vs. Representation

IMAGE (noun): 

1. An artificial imitation or representation of something, especially of a person or a bust of a person.

2. The aspect, appearance, or form of someone or something; semblance, likeness.  Now only in allusions to, or uses derived from, biblical language, especially Genesis 1:26, 27.

3. A visual representation or counterpart of an object or scene, formed through the interaction of rays of light with a mirror, lens, etc., usually by reflection or refraction.

4. A thing or person in which the aspect, form, or character of another is reproduced; an exact likeness; a counterpart, copy.

5. A mental representation of something (especially a visible object) created not by direct perception but by memory or imagination; a mental picture or impression; an idea, conception. 

6. A representation of something to the mind by speech or writing, a vivid or graphic description.

7. With of.  (a) A thing that stands for or is taken to stand for something else; a symbol, emblem. (b) A thing or person in which some quality is vividly exhibited, so as to make it or the person a natural representative of the quality, a type, a typical example, embodiment



1. The action of standing for, or in the place of, a person, group or thing, and related senses. (a) Something which stands for or denotes another symbolically; an image, a symbol, a sign.  

2. Senses relating to depiction or portrayal (a) A depiction or portrayal of a person or thing, typically one produced in an artistic medium; an image, a model, a picture.

3. The action or process of presenting to the mind or imagination.

4. Philosophy - An image, concept, or thought in the mind, especially as representing an object or state of affairs in the world; specifically a mental image or idea regarded as an object of direct knowledge and as the means by which knowledge of objects in the world may be indirectly acquired (now chiefly History). 

5. Law - The fact or process of standing for, or in the place of, a person, group, institution, etc., especially with the right or authority to speak or act on behalf of these.

6. Appearance; impression on the sight; bearing, air, demeanor.

IMAGE (verb):

1. To form a mental image of. (a) To imagine, picture in the mind, represent to oneself. (b) With something to be executed as object: to devise, plan.

2. To represent or expound in speech or writing; to describe especially vividly or graphically.

3. To form an image or counterpart of; to copy, imitate.  rare

4. To make an image of; to represent by a sculpted, painted, or other artistic image; to figure, portray, delineate.  

5. To represent by an emblem or metaphor; to symbolize, typify.

6. To reflect, mirror.  rare



1. To take or fill the place of. (a) To assume or occupy the role or functions of (a person), typically in restricted, and usually formal situations, to be entitled to speak or act on behalf of (a person, group, organization, etc.); (in later use especially) to act or serve as the spokesperson or advocate of.

2. To present the image or appearance of; to resemble. 

3. To symbolize (something abstract or intangible, as a quality, concept, etc.) to stand in the place of.

4. To make present, bring to view; to depict, portray. (a) To render perceptible, make plain or manifest; to communicate to the senses, especially the sight.

5. To bring clearly and distinctively before the mind or imagination; to describe, evoke, conjure; to imagine, conceptualize.

6. To portray in an artistic medium or by artistic means (typically painting or sculpture); (of an artist, etc.) to depict or evoke (a subject).

7. To set out clearly before a person (an argument, account of a situation, etc.); to submit formally to a person or audience, typically with a view to influencing action or opinion.