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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (5)

1. a vivid mental image;
- Example: "he had a vision of his own death"

2. the ability to see; the visual faculty;
[syn: sight, vision, visual sense, visual modality]

3. the perceptual experience of seeing;
- Example: "the runners emerged from the trees into his clear vision"
- Example: "he had a visual sensation of intense light"
[syn: vision, visual sensation]

4. the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses;
- Example: "popular imagination created a world of demons"
- Example: "imagination reveals what the world could be"
[syn: imagination, imaginativeness, vision]

5. a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance;
- Example: "he had a vision of the Virgin Mary"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vision \Vi"sion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Visioned; p. pr. & vb. n. Visioning.] To see in a vision; to dream. [1913 Webster] For them no visioned terrors daunt, Their nights no fancied specters haunt. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vision \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. [1913 Webster] Faith here is turned into vision there. --Hammond. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is seen; an object of sight. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The baseless fabric of this vision. --Shak. [1913 Webster] No dreams, but visions strange. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 5. Hence, something unreal or imaginary; a creation of fancy. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

vision n 1: a vivid mental image; "he had a vision of his own death" 2: the ability to see; the visual faculty [syn: sight, vision, visual sense, visual modality] 3: the perceptual experience of seeing; "the runners emerged from the trees into his clear vision"; "he had a visual sensation of intense light" [syn: vision, visual sensation] 4: 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" [syn: imagination, imaginativeness, vision] 5: a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance; "he had a vision of the Virgin Mary"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

186 Moby Thesaurus words for "vision": Masan, Vorstellung, apocalypse, apparition, appearance, astral, astral spirit, bad dream, bamboozlement, banshee, befooling, bluffing, brainchild, brown study, bubble, calculated deception, chimera, circumvention, conceive, concept, conception, conceptualization, conning, control, daydream, deceiving, deception, deceptiveness, defrauding, delirium, delusion, delusiveness, departed spirit, disembodied spirit, dream, dupery, duppy, dybbuk, eidetic image, eidolon, enmeshment, ensnarement, entanglement, entrapment, envisage, envisaging, envision, envisioning, epitome, eye, eyeful, eyesight, fallaciousness, fallacy, false image, falseness, fancy, fantasque, fantasy, feature, fiction, figment, figure, flimflam, flimflammery, fond illusion, fooling, foresight, foresightedness, form, ghost, grateful dead, guide, hallucination, hant, haunt, hoodwinking, idea, idle fancy, idolum, illusion, image, imagery, imagery study, imagination, imagine, imaging, imagining, imagism, imagistic poetry, immateriality, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, incubus, insight, insubstantial image, invention, kidding, larva, lemures, lifelike image, maggot, make-believe, manes, materialization, mental image, mental picture, mental representation, mirage, muse, myth, nightmare, objectification, oni, oracle, outwitting, overreaching, perception, perspective, phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, phasm, phenomenon, picture, picturing, pipe dream, plan, poem, poetic imagery, poltergeist, presence, prophecy, putting on, realize, revenant, reverie, romance, scheme, seeing, self-deception, shade, shadow, shape, shrouded spirit, sick fancy, sight, snow job, song and dance, specter, spectral ghost, spirit, spoofery, spoofing, spook, sprite, subterfuge, swindling, theophany, thick-coming fancies, thing of beauty, trickiness, tricking, trip, understanding, unsubstantiality, vapor, victimization, view, visual image, visualization, visualize, waking dream, walking dead man, wandering soul, whim, whimsy, wildest dream, wildest dreams, willful misconception, wishful thinking, word-painting, wraith, zombie
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Vision (Luke 1:22), a vivid apparition, not a dream (comp. Luke 24:23; Acts 26:19; 2 Cor. 12:1).