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to draw; portray in words; describe
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limb – large branch of a tree; an arm, leg, or wing
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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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1. (Art Terms) to represent in drawing or painting
2. archaic to describe in words
3. (Art Terms) an obsolete word for illuminate
[C15: from Old French enluminer to illumine (a manuscript) from Latin inlūmināre to brighten, from lūmen light]
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1. to represent in drawing or painting.
2. to outline; delineate.
3. to portray in words; describe.
[1400–50; late Middle English lymne, variant of Middle English luminen to illuminate (manuscripts), aph. variant of enluminen < Middle French enluminer < Latin inlūmināre to illuminate]
lim′ner (-nər) n.
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Past participle: limned
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|Verb||1.||limn - trace the shape of|
lipstick - form by tracing with lipstick; "The clown had lipsticked circles on his cheeks"
contour - form the contours of
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
|2.||limn - make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
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