limning

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Limn \Limn\ (l[i^]m), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Limned} (l[i^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Limning} (l[i^]m"n[i^]ng or l[i^]m"[i^]ng).] [OE. limnen, fr. luminen, for enluminen, F. enluminer to illuminate, to limn, LL. illuminare to paint. [root]122. See {Illuminate}, {Luminous}.]

1. To draw or paint; especially, to represent in an artistic way with pencil or brush.

Let a painter carelessly limn out a million of faces, and you shall find them all different. --Sir T. Browne.

2. Hence: To picture in words; to describe in graphic terms. [PJC]

3. To illumine, as books or parchments, with ornamental figures, letters, or borders.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Limning \Lim"ning\ (l[i^]m"n[i^]ng or l[i^]m"[i^]ng), noun The act, process, or art of one who limns; the picture or decoration so produced.

Adorned with illumination which we now call limning. --Wood.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

limning

noun

1: a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects [syn: {delineation}, {depiction}, {limning}, {line drawing}]


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