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tr.v. limned, limn·ing (lĭm′nĭng), limns
1. To describe or depict by painting or drawing.
2. To suffuse or highlight with light or color; illuminate: "There was just enough juice left in Merrill's flashlight to limn the outlines: A round lobe here. Another lobe over there" (Hampton Sides).
3. To describe or portray in words.

[Middle English limnen, to illuminate (a manuscript), probably alteration (influenced by limnour, illustrator) of luminen, from Old French luminer, from Latin lūmināre, to illuminate, adorn, from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

limn′er (lĭm′nər) n.


Archaic. a book illustrator or one who illuminates manuscripts.
See also: Books
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Noun1.limner - a painter or drawer of portraitslimner - a painter or drawer of portraits  
painter - an artist who paints
References in classic literature ?
Primrose tells of it: "My wife and daughters happening to return a visit to neighbour Flamborough's, found that family had lately got their pictures drawn by a limner, who travelled the country, and took likenesses for fifteen shillings a-head.
Having therefore engaged the limner (for what could I do?
That is Wat the limner," quoth the landlady, sitting down beside Alleyne, and pointing with the ladle to the sleeping man.
Macaulay is a masterly limner of the external side of life, but he is scarcely conscious of the interior world in which the finer spirits live and work out their destinies.
He taught Elizabeth I's limner Nicholas Hilliard, the first great English miniature painter, whose brilliant career spanned from 1560 until his death in 1616.
Dulac expounds on Sidney's painting-related vocabulary in the New Arcadia and maintains that the many hours he spent in Nicholas Hilliard's studio--a limner, who uses light illuminating colors and a very gentle technique when painting portraits--influenced his writing.
Far less eminent was the limner, an artisan who took likenesses and hawked his wares.
Earl began his career as a self-taught limner who drew crude portraits of local citizens.
The medieval limner, as he was called, painted with excellence on vellum, his watercolours producing a glowing page bettered only by a stained glass window.
Richard Morton, 1637-1698, limner of anorexia nervosa: his life and times.
Constantly interrogating nature, incessantly recording notes of reality, making drawing after drawing and study after study, indefatigable in the court he pays to his mistress nature, Cazin the painter and limner is the prodigiously skilful auxiliary to Cazin the poet, the man of wide culture, the grand artist of strong, patient and delicate soul.
Cudworth continues, "Sense is but the Offering or Presenting of some Object to the Mind, to give it an Occasion to exercise its own Inward Activity upon," the activity of an "Inward Limner or Painter," the "Fancy," the means "Whereby the Mind beholds as it were its own Face and Image reflected to itself from a Corporeal Glass" (Odell, "Locke" 192, 190-91; cf.