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Meaning of VISIONARY

Pronunciation:  'vizhu`neree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person with unusual powers of foresight
  2. [adj]  not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich"

VISIONARY is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: airy, illusionist, impractical, seer, utopian
 See Also: anticipant, anticipator, dreamer, fantast, forecaster, futurist, idealist, intellect, intellectual, predictor, prognosticator, soothsayer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vi"sion*a*ry\, a. [Cf. F. visionnaire.]
    1. Of or pertaining to a visions or visions; characterized
       by, appropriate to, or favorable for, visions.
       The visionary hour When musing midnight reigns. --Thomson.
    2. Affected by phantoms; disposed to receive impressions on
       the imagination; given to reverie; apt to receive, and act
       upon, fancies as if they were realities.
             Or lull to rest the visionary maid.   --Pope.
    3. Existing in imagination only; not real; fanciful;
       imaginary; having no solid foundation; as, visionary
       prospect; a visionary scheme or project. --Swift.
    Syn: Fanciful; fantastic; unreal. See {Fanciful}.
  2. \Vi"sion*a*ry\, n.; pl. {Visionaries}.
    1. One whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions
       or phantoms.
    2. One whose imagination overpowers his reason and controls
       his judgment; an unpractical schemer; one who builds
       castles in the air; a daydreamer.
Computing Dictionary

1. One who hacks vision, in the sense of an Artificial Intelligence researcher working on the problem of getting computers to "see" things using TV cameras. (There isn't any problem in sending information from a TV camera to a computer. The problem is, how can the computer be programmed to make use of the camera information? See smop, ai-complete.)

2. [IBM] One who reads the outside literature. At IBM, apparently, such a penchant is viewed with awe and wonder.

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