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1. Any depiction of things in a visual medium.

2.(retinal images) In perception, the constantly fluctuating pattern of light projected onto the retina by the lens of the eye corresponding point-by-point (though inverted and reversed) to an external stimulus to which we have no direct access.

3. (psychology) An analogical mental representation of a sensory stimulus (which is not currently physically present and which is constructed from memory and imagination. Mental imagery is not limited to visual stimuli.

4. (literary criticism) Descriptive language that evokes a picture in the reader's mind: see imagery.

5. A synonym for visual rhetoric.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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