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sil·hou·ette

 (sĭl′o͞o-ĕt′)
n.
1. A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.
2. An outline that appears dark against a light background. See Synonyms at outline.
tr.v. sil·hou·et·ted, sil·hou·et·ting, sil·hou·ettes
To cause to be seen as a silhouette; outline: Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.

[French, after Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), French finance minister.]

silhouette

(ˌsɪluːˈɛt)
n
1. the outline of a solid figure as cast by its shadow
2. (Art Terms) an outline drawing filled in with black, often a profile portrait cut out of black paper and mounted on a light ground
vb
(tr) to cause to appear in silhouette
[C18: named after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French politician, perhaps referring to silhouettes as partial portraits, with a satirical allusion to Silhouette's brief career as controller general (1759)]

sil•hou•ette

(ˌsɪl uˈɛt)

n., v. -et•ted, -et•ting. n.
1. a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object, as a person's profile, filled in with black or another color.
2. the outline or general shape of something.
3. a dark image outlined against a lighter background.
v.t.
4. to show in or as if in a silhouette.
[1790–1800; < French after Etienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French finance minister]

silhouette


Past participle: silhouetted
Gerund: silhouetting

Imperative
silhouette
silhouette
Present
I silhouette
you silhouette
he/she/it silhouettes
we silhouette
you silhouette
they silhouette
Preterite
I silhouetted
you silhouetted
he/she/it silhouetted
we silhouetted
you silhouetted
they silhouetted
Present Continuous
I am silhouetting
you are silhouetting
he/she/it is silhouetting
we are silhouetting
you are silhouetting
they are silhouetting
Present Perfect
I have silhouetted
you have silhouetted
he/she/it has silhouetted
we have silhouetted
you have silhouetted
they have silhouetted
Past Continuous
I was silhouetting
you were silhouetting
he/she/it was silhouetting
we were silhouetting
you were silhouetting
they were silhouetting
Past Perfect
I had silhouetted
you had silhouetted
he/she/it had silhouetted
we had silhouetted
you had silhouetted
they had silhouetted
Future
I will silhouette
you will silhouette
he/she/it will silhouette
we will silhouette
you will silhouette
they will silhouette
Future Perfect
I will have silhouetted
you will have silhouetted
he/she/it will have silhouetted
we will have silhouetted
you will have silhouetted
they will have silhouetted
Future Continuous
I will be silhouetting
you will be silhouetting
he/she/it will be silhouetting
we will be silhouetting
you will be silhouetting
they will be silhouetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been silhouetting
you have been silhouetting
he/she/it has been silhouetting
we have been silhouetting
you have been silhouetting
they have been silhouetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been silhouetting
you will have been silhouetting
he/she/it will have been silhouetting
we will have been silhouetting
you will have been silhouetting
they will have been silhouetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been silhouetting
you had been silhouetting
he/she/it had been silhouetting
we had been silhouetting
you had been silhouetting
they had been silhouetting
Conditional
I would silhouette
you would silhouette
he/she/it would silhouette
we would silhouette
you would silhouette
they would silhouette
Past Conditional
I would have silhouetted
you would have silhouetted
he/she/it would have silhouetted
we would have silhouetted
you would have silhouetted
they would have silhouetted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.silhouette - an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)silhouette - an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)
lineation, outline - the line that appears to bound an object
2.silhouette - a drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color
drawing - a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines; "drawings of abstract forms"; "he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures"
Verb1.silhouette - project on a background, such as a screen, like a silhouette
project - project on a screen; "The images are projected onto the screen"
2.silhouette - represent by a silhouette
interpret, represent - create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

silhouette

noun
1. outline, form, shape, profile, delineation The dark silhouette of the castle ruins.
verb
1. outline, define, delineate, etch, demarcate, delimit firefighters silhouetted against the burning wreckage

silhouette

noun
A line marking and shaping the outer form of an object:
Translations
خَيال، رَسْم صورة ظِلِّيَّهصورةٌ ظِلِّيَّه
silueta
silhuet
árnyképsziluett
skuggamyndútlínumynd
siluetas
aprisessiluets
silueta

silhouette

[ˌsɪluːˈet]
A. Nsilueta f
in silhouetteen silueta
B. VT to be silhouetted against sthdestacarse or perfilarse en or contra algo

silhouette

[ˌsɪluˈɛt] n (= outline) → silhouette f
in silhouette → en silhouette

silhouette

nSilhouette f; (= picture)Schattenriss m, → Scherenschnitt m
vt to be silhouetted against somethingsich (als Silhouette) gegen or von etw abzeichnen

silhouette

[ˌsɪluːˈɛt]
1. n (gen) → sagoma; (drawing) → silhouette f inv
2. vt to be silhouetted againststagliarsi contro

silhouette

(siluˈet) noun
1. an outline drawing of a person. A silhouette in a silver frame hung on the wall.
2. a dark image, especially a shadow, seen against the light.
References in classic literature ?
The top of one pinnacle took the shapely, clean-cut form of a rabbit's head, in the inkiest silhouette, while it rested against the moon.
Entering the gate and passing the shrubs, the silhouette of a house rose to view, black, low, and rather long; but the guiding light shone nowhere.
The tree-tops rose against the luminous blue sky in inky silhouette, and all below that outline melted into one formless blackness.
I remember vividly the flickering light, his queer, broad head in silhouette, the dance of the shadows, how we all followed him, puzzled but incredulous, and how there in the laboratory we beheld a larger edition of the little mechanism which we had seen vanish from before our eyes.
Then I heard midnight pealing out from Pyrford Church behind me, and then came the silhouette of Maybury Hill, with its tree- tops and roofs black and sharp against the red.
I turned; at my elbow stood a tall man, young, though probably five or six years older than I--in other respects of an appearance the opposite to common place; though just now, as I am not disposed to paint his portrait in detail, the reader must be content with the silhouette I have just thrown off; it was all I myself saw of him for the moment: I did not investigate the colour of his eyebrows, nor of his eyes either; I saw his stature, and the outline of his shape; I saw, too, his fastidious-looking RETROUSSE nose; these observations, few in number, and general in character (the last excepted), sufficed, for they enabled me to recognize him.
His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against the blind.
He was already so close to the dark entry, however, that his whole figure was black against the morning light, and March could see nothing of his face except the end of two long whiskers or mustaches that gave something sinister to the silhouette, like horns in the wrong place.
The passage was comparatively long and dark, so each man could see the other as a mere black silhouette at the other end.
Make its contour float in a winter's mist which clings to its numerous chimneys; drown it in profound night and watch the odd play of lights and shadows in that sombre labyrinth of edifices; cast upon it a ray of light which shall vaguely outline it and cause to emerge from the fog the great heads of the towers; or take that black silhouette again, enliven with shadow the thousand acute angles of the spires and gables, and make it start out more toothed than a shark's jaw against a copper-colored western sky,--and then compare.
It was the Indian, whose dark silhouette appeared suddenly upon his blind.
In silhouette against the sky, the profile of the horse was cut with the sharpness of a cameo; it looked across the heights of air to the confronting cliffs beyond.