after-image definition

  • noun:
    • a graphic which persists or continues to be in negative after the initial stimulation has ended.
    • The impression of a vivid sensation retained because of the retina of this attention after the cause happens to be removed; in addition extended to impressions remaining of shades, smells, etc.
    • An image perceived after withdrawing the attention from a brilliantly illuminated item.
    • In psychology, any period of sensation which continues following the withdrawal associated with interesting stimulus: since, a visual afterimage; an auditory after-image; an afterimage of stress.
    • an image (usually a bad picture) that continues after stimulation has ceased

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