verb \ˈlim\
limnedlimn·ing \ˈli-miŋ, ˈlim-niŋ\

Definition of LIMN

transitive verb
:  to draw or paint on a surface
:  to outline in clear sharp detail :  delineate
:  describe <the novel limns the frontier life of the settlers>
limn·er \ˈli-mər, ˈlim-nər\ noun

Examples of LIMN

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

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

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with LIMN


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