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limn

play
verb \ˈlim\

Definition of limn

limnedlimn·ing 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>

limn·er play \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

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