Imaginal disks(Zoöl.), masses of hypodermic cells, carried by the larvæ of some insects after leaving the egg, from which masses the wings and legs of the adult are subsequently formed.

(Im*ag"i*nant) a. [L. imaginans, p. pr. of imaginari: cf. F. imaginant.] Imagining; conceiving. [Obs.] Bacon.n. An imaginer. [Obs.] Glanvill.

(Im*ag"i*na*ri*ly) a. In a imaginary manner; in imagination. B. Jonson.

(Im*ag"i*na*ri*ness), n. The state or quality of being imaginary; unreality.

(Im*ag"i*na*ry) a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F. imaginaire.] Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal.

Wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer
Imaginary ills and fancied tortures?

Imaginary calculus See under Calculus.Imaginary expressionor quantity(Alg.), an algebraic expression which involves the impossible operation of taking the square root of a negative quantity; as, &radic-9, a + b &radic- 1.Imaginary points, lines, surfaces, etc. (Geom.), points, lines, surfaces, etc., imagined to exist, although by reason of certain changes of a figure they have in fact ceased to have a real existence.

Syn. — Ideal; fanciful; chimerical; visionary; fancied; unreal; illusive.

(Im*ag"i*na*ry), n. (Alg.) An imaginary expression or quantity.

(Im*ag"i*nate) a. Imaginative. [Obs.] Holland.

(Im*ag`i*na"tion) n. [OE. imaginacionum, F. imagination, fr. L. imaginatio. See Imagine.]

1. The imagine-making power of the mind; the power to create or reproduce ideally an object of sense previously perceived; the power to call up mental imagines.

Our simple apprehension of corporeal objects, if present, is sense; if absent, is imagination.

Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present, or as if they were present.

2. The representative power; the power to reconstruct or recombine the materials furnished by direct apprehension; the complex faculty usually termed the plastic or creative power; the fancy.

The imagination of common language — the productive imagination of philosophers — is nothing but the representative process plus the process to which I would give the name of the "comparative."
Sir W.

Imaginability to Imbrangle

(Im*ag`i*na*bil"i*ty) n. Capacity for imagination. [R.] Coleridge.

(Im*ag"i*na*ble) a. [L. imaginabilis: cf. F. imaginable.] Capable of being imagined; conceivable.

Men sunk into the greatest darkness imaginable.

Im*ag"i*na*ble*ness, n.Im*ag"i*na*bly, adv.

(Im*ag"i*nal) a. [L. imaginalis.]

1. Characterized by imagination; imaginative; also, given to the use or rhetorical figures or imagins.

2. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to an imago.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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