I mean, What kinds of meaning does "image" express, but not "picture"?

Furthermore, what kinds of meaning can "picture" express but not "image"?

  • This question appears to be off-topic because its informative answer is available on sister site: english.se
    – hjpotter92
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 11:59
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    @hjpotter92 The fact that a question is on-topic on another site doesn't automatically make it off-topic here. Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 12:45
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    I agree with @Gilles – this site has a different audience, which might call for a more customized answer directed toward our audience. That said, I think more context needs to be added. "Everyday life" could include a computer file, a mural on a wall, some art in a museum, a thought in our heads, or a picture in a magazine. I think the O.P. needs to elaborate some more on what is being asked about, before we take this in a dozen different directions.
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 13:34
  • Update: Question now reopened after edit.
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 18:45
  • There are also meanings that both words can express but where one is preferred. For example, people say both picture file and image file, but the latter is still preferred, especially in technical contexts.
    – user230
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 19:26

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Image but not picture:

  1. Reflection in the mirror.
  2. Impression in others' eyes. You need to improve your image.

Picture but not Image:

  1. Drawing. I am drawing a picture.
  2. Photograph. You are looking very pretty in this picture.
  3. Movie. Please don't disturb, I am watching a picture.
  4. Situation. A war is on. The picture is very gloomy on the border.
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    Well done! Although, as we enter into the age of digital photography, I wouldn't be surprised if image slowly become more acceptable when dealing with photographs. Only time will tell.
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 21:26
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    I think you have a point. While using facebook or filling any online form, it asks- 'upload your image.'
    – aarbee
    Commented Sep 3, 2013 at 7:49
  • About "Picture" , I never heard/read the examples of 1&3 . Are you sure those are valid? Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 14:19
  • Oh yes, very much.
    – aarbee
    Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 15:50
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    Idiomatically, "Going to the pictures" is a phrase referring to going to the cinema, "Moving Pictures" or "Motion Picture" are older terms for movies ("movie" being a fore-shortened colloquial term for Moving Picture). Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 15:16

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