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1. A decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page.
2. An unbordered picture, often a portrait, that shades off into the surrounding color at the edges.
a. A short, usually descriptive literary sketch.
b. A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
tr.v. vi·gnet·ted, vi·gnet·ting, vi·gnettes
1. To provide (a photograph or image) with indistinct or fading edges.
2. To describe in a brief way.
[French, from Old French, diminutive of vigne, vine (from the use of vine tendrils in decorative borders); see vine.]
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1. (Photography) the technique of producing a photographic vignette, esp a portrait, by progressively reducing the amount of light falling on the photographic surface towards the edges
2. (Photography) the reduction in area of a light beam passing through a camera lens as the obliquity of the beam is increased
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A method of producing a band of color or tone on a map or chart, the density of which is reduced uniformly from edge to edge.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.