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## i·mag·i·nar·y

(ĭ-măj′ə-nĕr′ē)
1. Having existence only in the imagination; unreal.
2. Mathematics
a. Of or being the coefficient of the imaginary unit in a complex number.
b. Of, involving, or being an imaginary number.
c. Involving only a complex number of which the real part is zero.
n. pl. i·mag·i·nar·ies Mathematics
An imaginary number.

i·mag′i·nar′i·ness n.

## imaginary

(ɪˈmædʒɪnərɪ; -dʒɪnrɪ)
1. existing in the imagination; unreal; illusory
2. (Mathematics) maths involving or containing imaginary numbers. The imaginary part of a complex number, z, is usually written Imz
imˈaginariness n

## im•ag•i•nar•y

(ɪˈmædʒ əˌnɛr i)

1. existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied.
n.
im•ag′i•nar`i•ness, n.

## imaginary

imaginative
1. 'imaginary'

Something that is imaginary exists only in someone's imagination, and not in real life.

Many children develop fears of imaginary dangers.
...pictures of completely imaginary plants.
2. 'imaginative'

Imaginative people are good at forming ideas of new and exciting things.

...an imaginative schoolteacher.

You can also describe someone's ideas as imaginative.

...an imaginative scheme.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 imaginary - (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangementnumber - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"complex conjugate - either of two complex numbers whose real parts are identical and whose imaginary parts differ only in signreal, real number - any rational or irrational numberpure imaginary number - an imaginary number of the form a+bi where a is 0imaginary part, imaginary part of a complex number - the part of a complex number that has the square root of -1 as a factor Adj. 1 imaginary - not based on fact; unreal; "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "to create a notional world for oneself"unreal - lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria; "ghosts and other unreal entities"; "unreal propaganda serving as news"

## imaginary

adjective Lots of children have imaginary friends.

## imaginary

Existing only in the imagination:
Translations
خياليخَـياليخَيَالِيٌّ
pomyslnýdomnělýimaginární
indbildt
kuviteltu
izmišljen
imagináriusképzeletbeliképzetes
ímyndaîur

상상의
namišljen
มีอยู่แต่ในความนึกคิด
hayal ürünühayalihayalî
không có thật

## imaginary

adj danger; charactersfrei ersonnen, erfunden; frienderfunden; linevorgestellt; imaginary worldFantasiewelt f; an imaginary case

## imagine

(iˈmӕdʒin) verb
1. to form a mental picture of (something). I can imagine how you felt.
2. to see or hear etc (something which is not true or does not exist). Children often imagine that there are frightening animals under their beds; You're just imagining things!
3. to think; to suppose. I imagine (that) he will be late.
existing only in the mind or imagination; not real. Her illnesses are usually imaginary.
iˌmagiˈnation noun
1. (the part of the mind which has) the ability to form mental pictures. I can see it all in my imagination.
2. the creative ability of a writer etc. This book shows a lot of imagination.
3. the seeing etc of things which do not exist. There was no-one there – it was just your imagination.
iˈmaginative (-nətiv) , ((American) -neitiv) adjective
(negative unimaginative) having, or created with, imagination. an imaginative writer; This essay is interesting and imaginative.

## imaginary

pomyslný indbildt kuviteltu izmišljen 想像の 상상의 inbillad มีอยู่แต่ในความนึกคิด không có thật

## imaginary

a. imaginario-a, ilusorio-a.
References in classic literature ?
Baudoyer, Isidore The Middle Classes Cousin Pons Bianchon, Horace Father Goriot The Atheist's Mass Cesar Birotteau The Commission in Lunacy Lost Illusions A Distinguished Provincial at Paris A Bachelor's Establishment The Secrets of a Princess Pierrette A Study of Woman Scenes from a Courtesan's Life Honorine The Seamy Side of History The Magic Skin A Second Home A Prince of Bohemia Letters of Two Brides The Muse of the Department The Imaginary Mistress The Middle Classes Cousin Betty The Country Parson In addition, M.
The master-trainer walked out of the rope square, stepped forward to an imaginary line, and looked down and out and up as if he were gazing at the pit of the orchestra beneath him, across at the body of the house, and up into the galleries.
The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings.
The author of the diary and the diary itself are, of course, imaginary.
The mode of locomotion is, of course, purely imaginary, and the incidents and adventures fictitious.
At first, indeed, I pretended that I was describing the imaginary experiences of a fictitious person; but my enthusiasm soon forced me to throw off all disguise, and finally, in a fervent peroration, I exhorted all my hearers to divest themselves of prejudice and to become believers in the Third Dimension.
We can only guess why the great design was abandoned; perhaps because Plato became sensible of some incongruity in a fictitious history, or because he had lost his interest in it, or because advancing years forbade the completion of it; and we may please ourselves with the fancy that had this imaginary narrative ever been finished, we should have found Plato himself sympathizing with the struggle for Hellenic independence, singing a hymn of triumph over Marathon and Salamis, perhaps making the reflection of Herodotus where he contemplates the growth of the Athenian empire--"How brave a thing is freedom of speech, which has made the Athenians so far exceed every other state of Hellas in greatness
A thing which "feels real" inspires us with hopes or fears, expectations or curiosities, which are wholly absent when a thing "feels imaginary.
The critical reader may possibly notice a tone of almost boisterous gayety in certain parts of these imaginary Confessions.
A little farther along he came to a bridge across an imaginary stream, where a Civil Engineer (who had built the bridge) demanded something for interest on his investment, and it was forthcoming.
There appeared in the papers caricatures of every gigantic and imaginary creature, from the white whale, the terrible "Moby Dick" of sub-arctic regions, to the immense kraken, whose tentacles could entangle a ship of five hundred tons and hurry it into the abyss of the ocean.
There is, moreover, a third sort, an imaginary one, and he ought, if such a one should be presented to his consideration, to be able to discern what sort of one it would be at the beginning; and, when once established, what would be the proper means to preserve it a long time.

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