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limn

play
verb \ˈlim\

Definition of limn

limnedlimning play \ˈli-miŋ, ˈlim-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw or paint on a surface

  3. 2 :  to outline in clear sharp detail :  delineate

  4. 3 :  describe <the novel limns the frontier life of the settlers>

limner play \ˈli-mər, ˈlim-nər\ noun


Examples of limn in a sentence

  1. <he limned the scene in the courtroom so perfectly I could practically see it>



Did You Know?

Allow us to shed some light on the history of "limn," a word with lustrous origins. "Limn" traces to the Middle French verb enluminer and ultimately to the Latin illuminare, which means "to illuminate." Its use as an English verb dates from the days of Middle English; at first, "limn" referred to the action of illuminating (that is, decorating) medieval manuscripts with gold, silver, or brilliant colors. William Shakespeare extended the term to painting in his poem Venus and Adonis: "Look when a painter would surpass the life / In limning out a well-proportioned steed . . . ."

Origin of limn

Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare


First Known Use: 1592

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