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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.
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Noun1.limning - a drawing of the outlines of forms or objectslimning - a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
animalization - a depiction in the form of an animal
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"
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References in classic literature ?
But the canvas of my imagination, when it came to limning the Man About Town, was blank.
The term 'portrait miniatures' was rarely used by the Elizabethans, who preferred the terms 'limning' or 'pictures in little'.
That is why art is such a marvelous instrument for limning the divine.
Classical, mythological, historical, and biographical types cast long shadows (or sunbeams) in Hawthorne's romances, no type being more powerful than Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, whose traits, values, and talents informed his limning of Phoebe in The House of the Seven Gables and Hilda in The Marble Faun.
Bayrakdarian sounds lovely throughout, clearly responding to the songs' direct emotion and humanity, and, limning her way elegantly through their distinctive melismas.
Limning the Neapolitan origins, regional styles and enormous popularity of the American pie as backdrop, pic first finds strife in the rivalry between magazines PMQ and Pizza Today.
Anti-prostitution programs in northern Thailand--a limning region without a major city--now focus on promoting better schooling for gifts and teaching vocational skills to villagers.