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  1. An optical or other representation of a real object; a graphic; a picture.
  2. A mental picture of something not real or not present.
  3. (computing) A copy of all or part of a disk drive retained for backup or replication purposes.
  4. A characteristic of a person, group or company etc., style, manner of dress, how one is, or wishes to be, perceived by others.
  5. (mathematics) Something mapped to by a function.
5 is the of 3 under f.
  1. (mathematics) The subset of a codomain comprising those elements that are images of something.
The of this step function is the set of integers.
verb (imag, ing)
  1. (context, computing) To convert an idea to an image.
  2. (context, computing) To create a complete backup copy of a filesystem.
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noun (imageries)
  1. The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects; imitation work; images in general, or in mass.
  2. (Figurative) Unreal show; imitation; appearance.
  3. The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms.
  4. Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse.
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  1. Something invented.
My new invention will let you alphabetize your matchbook collection in half the usual time.
I'm afraid there was no burglar. It was all the housekeeper's invention.
  1. The capacity to invent.
It took quite a bit of invention to come up with a plan, but we did it.
  1. (music) A small, self-contained composition, particularly those in J.S. Bach"s Two- and Three-part Inventions.
I particularly like the inventions in C-minor.
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  1. (music) The move of one pitch in an interval or chord up or down an octave
  2. (music) The reversal of an interval
  3. (music) The reversal of the pitch contour
  4. (music) The reversal of a pitch class succesion such as a melody or counterpoint, contrapuntal line
  5. (music) Subtraction of pitch classes in a set from twelve which maps intervals onto their complements with respect to 0 and preserves interval classes, symbolized IX where X is the transposition which is inverted (DeLone? et. al. (Eds.), 1975, chap. 6).
  6. (genetics) a segment of DNA in the context of a chromosome that is reversed in orientation relative to a reference karyotype or genome
  7. (Weather). An increase of air temperature with increase in altitude (the ground being colder than the surrounding air). When an inversion exists, there are no convection currents and wind speeds are below 5 knots. The atmosphere is stable and normally is considered the most favorable state for ground release of chemical agents.
  8. (grammar) deviation, Deviation from standard word order by putting the predicate before the subject. It takes place in questions with auxiliary verbs and in normal, affirmative clauses beginning with a negative particle, for the purpose of emphasis.
(with an auxiliary verb) Inversion takes place in the sentence 'Is she here?' — 'is', the predicate, is before 'she', the subject.
(for the purpose of emphasis) Inversion takes place in the sentence 'Never have I done that.' — 'have', the predicate, is before 'I', the subject, due to 'never' being the first word of the sentence.
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noun (pl=ironies)
  1. A statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean the opposite of what is written literally; the use of words expressing something other than their literal intention.
  2. (colloquial) The quality or state of an event being both coincidental and contradictory in a humorous or poignant and extremely improbable way.
  3. (rfv-sense) (colloquial) An unfortunate and coincidental turn of events that could have been avoided had all parties involved known more.

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