1. The act of imitating.
Poesy is an art of imitation, . . . that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance.
Both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature. --Dryden.
3. Mus. One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. Canon.
4. Biol. The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3.
Note: ☞ Imitation is often used adjectively to characterize things which have a deceptive appearance, simulating the qualities of a superior article; -- opposed to real or genuine; as, imitation lace; imitation bronze; imitation modesty, etc.
adj : not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine
article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic
fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with
imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator
hide" [syn: fake, false, faux, simulated]
n 1: the doctrine that representations of nature or human
behavior should be accurate imitations [ant: formalism]
2: a copy that is represented as the original [syn: counterfeit,
3: copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
4: a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic
effect [syn: caricature, impersonation]