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)

<mathematics> Imaginary expression or quantity, 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.

Synonyms: Ideal, fanciful, chimerical, visionary, fancied, unreal, illusive.

Origin: L. Imaginarius: cf. F. Imaginaire.

(01 Mar 1998)

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