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Meaning of IMAGINARY

Pronunciation:  i'maju`neree

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  not based on fact; dubious; "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "her imagined fame"; "to create a notional world for oneself"

IMAGINARY is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: fanciful, imagined, notional, unreal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*ag"i*na*ry\, a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F.
    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?                    --Addison.
    {Imaginary calculus} See under {Calculus}.
    {Imaginary expression} or {quantity} (Alg.), an algebraic
       expression which involves the impossible operation of
       taking the square root of a negative quantity; as,
       [root]-9, a + b [root]-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;
  2. \Im*ag"i*na*ry\, n. (Alg.)
    An imaginary expression or quantity.
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