Definitions for: Vision


[n] the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses; "popular imagination created a world of demons"; "imagination reveals what the world could be"
[n] the ability to see; the faculty of vision
[n] the perceptual experience of seeing; "the runners emerged from the trees into his clear vision"; "he had a visual sensation of intense light"
[n] a vivid mental image; "he had a vision of his own death"
[n] a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance; "he had a vision of the Virgin Mary"



Webster (1913) Definition: Vi"sion, n. [OE. visioun, F. vision, fr. L. visio, from
videre, visum, to see: akin to Gr. ? to see, ? I know, and E.
wit. See Wit, v., and cf. Advice, Clairvoyant, Envy,
Evident, Provide, Revise, Survey, View, Visage,
Visit.]
1. The act of seeing external objects; actual sight.

Faith here is turned into vision there. --Hammond.

2. (Physiol.) The faculty of seeing; sight; one of the five
senses, by which colors and the physical qualities of
external objects are appreciated as a result of the
stimulating action of light on the sensitive retina, an
expansion of the optic nerve.

3. That which is seen; an object of sight. --Shak.

4. Especially, that which is seen otherwise than by the
ordinary sight, or the rational eye; a supernatural,
prophetic, or imaginary sight; an apparition; a phantom; a
specter; as, the visions of Isaiah.

The baseless fabric of this vision. --Shak.

No dreams, but visions strange. --Sir P.
Sidney.

5. Hence, something unreal or imaginary; a creation of fancy.
--Locke.

Arc of vision (Astron.), the arc which measures the least
distance from the sun at which, when the sun is below the
horizon, a star or planet emerging from his rays becomes
visible.

Beatific vision (Theol.), the immediate sight of God in
heaven.

Direct vision (Opt.), vision when the image of the object
falls directly on the yellow spot (see under Yellow);
also, vision by means of rays which are not deviated from
their original direction.

Field of vision, field of view. See under Field.

Indirect vision (Opt.), vision when the rays of light from
an object fall upon the peripheral parts of the retina.

Reflected vision, or Refracted vision, vision by rays
reflected from mirrors, or refracted by lenses or prisms,
respectively.

Vision purple. (Physiol.) See Visual purple, under
Visual.


Vi"sion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Visioned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Visioning.]
To see in a vision; to dream.

For them no visioned terrors daunt, Their nights no
fancied specters haunt. --Sir W.
Scott.

Synonyms: imagination, imaginativeness, sight, visual modality, visual sensation, visual sense

See Also: achromatic vision, acuity, binocular vision, central vision, chromatic vision, color vision, creativeness, creativity, daylight vision, distance vision, dream, dreaming, experience, exteroception, eyesight, fancy, fantasy, imagery, imaging, mental imagery, modality, monocular vision, near vision, night vision, night-sight, peripheral vision, phantasy, photopic vision, prevision, retrovision, scotopic vision, seeing, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sense modality, sensory system, sharp-sightedness, sightedness, trichromacy, twilight vision, visual acuity

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