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Imagination vs. Idea

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Imaginationnoun

The image-making power of the mind; the act of mentally creating or reproducing an object not previously perceived; the ability to create such images.

‘Imagination is one of the most advanced human faculties.’;

Ideanoun

(philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.

Imaginationnoun

Particularly, construction of false images; fantasizing.

‘You think someone's been following you? That's just your imagination.’;

Ideanoun

(obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.

Imaginationnoun

Creativity; resourcefulness.

‘His imagination makes him a valuable team member.’;

Ideanoun

(obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.

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Imaginationnoun

A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; something imagined.

Ideanoun

An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.

‘The mere idea of you is enough to excite me.’;

Imaginationnoun

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.

‘Our simple apprehension of corporeal objects, if present, is sense; if absent, is imagination.’; ‘Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present, or as if they were present.’;

Ideanoun

More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.

Imaginationnoun

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.

‘The imagination of common language - the productive imagination of philosophers - is nothing but the representative process plus the process to which I would give the name of the "comparative."’; ‘The power of the mind to decompose its conceptions, and to recombine the elements of them at its pleasure, is called its faculty of imagination.’; ‘The business of conception is to present us with an exact transcript of what we have felt or perceived. But we have moreover a power of modifying our conceptions, by combining the parts of different ones together, so as to form new wholes of our creation. I shall employ the word imagination to express this power.’;

Ideanoun

A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an intention.

‘I have an idea of how we might escape.’;

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Imaginationnoun

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.

‘The lunatic, the lover, and the poetAre of imagination all compact . . . The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven,And as imagination bodies forthThe forms of things unknown, the poet's penTurns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothingA local habitation and a name.’;

Ideanoun

A purposeful aim or goal; intent

‘If you keep sweet-talking her like that, you're going to talk her right out of her pants.’;

Imaginationnoun

A mental image formed by the action of the imagination as a faculty; a conception; a notion.

‘The same power, which we should call fancy if employed on a production of a light nature, would be dignified with the title of imagination if shown on a grander scale.’;

Ideanoun

A vague or fanciful notion; a feeling or hunch; an impression.

‘He had the wild idea that if he leant forward a little, he might be able to touch the mountain-top.’;

Imaginationnoun

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’;

Ideanoun

(music) A musical theme or melodic subject.

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Imaginationnoun

the ability to form mental images of things or events;

‘he could still hear her in his imagination’;

Ideanoun

The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.

‘Her sweet idea wandered through his thoughts.’; ‘Being the right idea of your fatherBoth in your form and nobleness of mind.’; ‘This representation or likeness of the object being transmitted from thence [the senses] to the imagination, and lodged there for the view and observation of the pure intellect, is aptly and properly called its idea.’;

Imaginationnoun

the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems;

‘a man of resource’;

Ideanoun

A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.

‘Alice had not the slightest idea what latitude was.’;

Imaginationnoun

the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses

‘her story captured the public's imagination’; ‘she'd never been blessed with a vivid imagination’;

Ideanoun

Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.

‘Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or as the immediate object of perception, thought, or undersanding, that I call idea.’;

Imaginationnoun

the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful

‘she was set in her ways and lacked imagination’;

Ideanoun

A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.

‘That fellow seems to me to possess but one idea, and that is a wrong one.’; ‘What is now "idea" for us? How infinite the fall of this word, since the time where Milton sang of the Creator contemplating his newly-created world, -"how it showed . . . Answering his great idea," -to its present use, when this person "has an idea that the train has started," and the other "had no idea that the dinner would be so bad!"’;

Imaginationnoun

the part of the mind that imagines things

‘a girl who existed only in my imagination’;

Ideanoun

A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.

‘I shortly afterwards set off for that capital, with an idea of undertaking while there the translation of the work.’;

Imagination

Imagination is the ability to produce and simulate novel objects, sensations, and ideas in the mind without any immediate input of the senses. It is also described as the forming of experiences in one's mind, which can be re-creations of past experiences such as vivid memories with imagined changes, or they can be completely invented and possibly fantastic scenes.

Ideanoun

A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.

Ideanoun

A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.

‘Thence to behold this new-created world,The addition of his empire, how it showedIn prospect from his throne, how good, how fair,Answering his great idea.’;

Ideanoun

the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about;

‘it was not a good idea’; ‘the thought never entered my mind’;

Ideanoun

a personal view;

‘he has an idea that we don't like him’;

Ideanoun

an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;

‘an estimate of what it would cost’; ‘a rough idea how long it would take’;

Ideanoun

your intention; what you intend to do;

‘he had in mind to see his old teacher’; ‘the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces’;

Ideanoun

(music) melodic subject of a musical composition;

‘the theme is announced in the first measures’; ‘the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it’;

Ideanoun

a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action

‘recently, the idea of linking pay to performance has caught on’; ‘it's a good idea to do some research before you go’;

Ideanoun

a mental impression

‘our menu list will give you some idea of how interesting a low-fat diet can be’;

Ideanoun

an opinion or belief

‘nineteenth-century ideas about drinking’;

Ideanoun

the aim or purpose

‘I took a job with the idea of getting some money together’;

Ideanoun

(in Platonic thought) an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class are imperfect copies.

Ideanoun

(in Kantian thought) a concept of pure reason, not empirically based in experience.

Idea

In common usage and in philosophy, ideas are abstract concepts. Also in philosophy, ideas can also be mental representational images of some object.

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