Imaginary expression
Imaginary Im*ag"i*na*ry, a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F. imaginaire.] Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal. [1913 Webster]

Wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills and fancied tortures? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{Imaginary calculus} See under {Calculus}.

{Imaginary expression} or {Imaginary 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; illusive. [1913 Webster]


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  • Imaginary — Im*ag i*na*ry, a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F. imaginaire.] Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal. [1913 Webster] Wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills and fancied tortures? Addison. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imaginary calculus — Imaginary Im*ag i*na*ry, a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F. imaginaire.] Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal. [1913 Webster] Wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills and fancied tortures? Addison.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imaginary points — Imaginary Im*ag i*na*ry, a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F. imaginaire.] Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal. [1913 Webster] Wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills and fancied tortures? Addison.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imaginary quantity — Imaginary Im*ag i*na*ry, a. [L. imaginarius: cf. F. imaginaire.] Existing only in imagination or fancy; not real; fancied; visionary; ideal. [1913 Webster] Wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills and fancied tortures? Addison.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imaginary — Im*ag i*na*ry, n. (Alg.) An imaginary expression or quantity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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