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Dictionary Definition

pictorial adj
1 pertaining to or consisting of pictures; "pictorial perspective"; "pictorial records" [syn: pictural]
2 evoking lifelike images within the mind; "pictorial poetry and prose"; "graphic accounts of battle"; "a lifelike portrait"; "a vivid description" [syn: graphic, lifelike, vivid] n : a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures

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  1. of, relating to, composed of, or illustrated by pictures
  2. described or otherwise represented as if in a picture; graphic or vivid


  1. a newspaper or magazine with many pictures
  2. (stamp-collecting) a stamp featuring a vignette of local scenery or culture.

Derived terms

Usage notes

  • Individual titles will be capitalized e.g. "Sunday Pictorial"

Extensive Definition

In common usage, an image (from Latin imago) or picture is an artifact, usually two-dimensional, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object or a person.
Images may be two-dimensional, such as a photograph, screen display, and as well as a three-dimensional, such as a statue. They may be captured by optical devices—such as cameras, mirrors, lenses, telescopes, microscopes, etc. and natural objects and phenomena, such as the human eye or water surfaces. The word image is also used in the broader sense of any two-dimensional figure such as a map, a graph, a pie chart, or an abstract painting. In this wider sense, images can also be rendered manually, such as by drawing, painting, carving, rendered automatically by printing or computer graphics technology, or developed by a combination of methods, especially in a pseudo-photograph.
A volatile image is one that exists only for a short period of time. This may be a reflection of an object by a mirror, a projection of a camera obscura, or a scene displayed on a cathode ray tube. A fixed image, also called a hardcopy, is one that has been recorded on a material object, such as paper or textile.
A mental image exists in an individual's mind: something one remembers or imagines. The subject of an image need not be real; it may be an abstract concept, such as a graph, function, or "imaginary" entity. For example, Sigmund Freud claimed to have dreamt purely in aural-images of dialogues. The development of synthetic acoustic technologies and the creation of sound art have led to a consideration of the possibilities of a sound-image made up of irreducible phonic substance beyond linguistic or musicological analysis.
A collection of non-volatile images providing an image changing with time is a film.

See also

  • Real image, an image formed by rays of light that cross at the image
  • Virtual image, an image formed by rays that do not cross at the image


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pictorial in Arabic: صورة
pictorial in Danish: Billede
pictorial in German: Abbild
pictorial in Estonian: Pilt
pictorial in Esperanto: Bildo
pictorial in French: Image
pictorial in Irish: Íomhá
pictorial in Korean: 그림
pictorial in Ido: Imajo
pictorial in Indonesian: Citra
pictorial in Italian: Immagine
pictorial in Georgian: სურათი
pictorial in Latvian: Attēls
pictorial in Dutch: Afbeelding (grafisch)
pictorial in Japanese: 画像
pictorial in Norwegian: Bilde
pictorial in Norwegian: Image
pictorial in Portuguese: Imagem
pictorial in Romanian: Imagine
pictorial in Russian: Образ
pictorial in Simple English: Picture
pictorial in Finnish: Kuva
pictorial in Yiddish: אימעזש
pictorial in Chinese: 图像

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