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  1. a decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
  2. an engraving, drawing, photograph, or the like that is shaded off gradually at the edges so as to leave no definite line at the border.
  3. a decorative design representing branches, leaves, grapes, or the like, as in a manuscript.
  4. any small, pleasing picture or vie.w
  5. .a small, graceful literary sketch.


  1. the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.
  2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
  3. an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency: a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision. Compare hallucination (def. 1).
  4. something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experience: The vision revealed its message.
  5. a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: visions of wealth and glory.


  1. perception, discernment.
  2. apparition, phantasm, chimera.

a two-way system acting one upon or with the other.


  1. the direct effect that one entity has on another a mutual or reciprocal action or influence
  2. the transfer of energy


  1. the investigation of unknown regions
  2. to travel for the purpose of discovery
  3. a careful systematic search