mental picture

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Noun1.mental picture - a clear and telling mental imagemental picture - a clear and telling mental image; "he described his mental picture of his assailant"; "he had no clear picture of himself or his world"; "the events left a permanent impression in his mind"
image, mental image - an iconic mental representation; "her imagination forced images upon her too awful to contemplate"
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Now, I have a mental picture of John Doe that is as clear as a steel engraving.
Each of us has formed a mental picture of the Capronian seacoast from Bowen's manuscript, and it is not likely that any two of these pictures resemble each other, or that any of them resemble the coast as we shall presently find it.
He was very amusing and I was fascinated by the mental picture of that tranquil man rolling in the surf and emerging breathless, in the costume you know, on the fair land of France, in the character of a smuggler of war material.
Unlike the apes he was not satisfied merely to have a mental picture of the things he knew, he must have a word descriptive of each.
Some pleasure he derived through conjuring mental pictures from time to time of the German he had left in the branches of the lone tree at the bottom of the high-walled gulch in which was penned the starving lion.
The horses in the stables--the long stables in a barren, red-brick court-yard, where there is a great bell in a turret, and a clock with a large face, which the pigeons who live near it and who love to perch upon its shoulders seem to be always consulting--THEY may contemplate some mental pictures of fine weather on occasions, and may be better artists at them than the grooms.
This feedback creates a mental picture that allows them to "see" the art, often for the first time.
He entices his reader with beautiful, swirling prose; showing everything needed to paint a mental picture, but never painting the picture himself.
Apologies if that mental picture has left you traumatised.
It's vital to have a mental picture of the contours of the bottom of your peg.
Painting a mental picture at the Tory Party conference in Manchester, Mr Pickles said: "Imagine a parallel universe of a Lib-Lab government clinging to power today.
After reaching an affected village, Rawat makes a mental picture of the man- eater by closely observing the pugmarks.