Definition of illustration
2 : something that serves to illustrate: such asa : an example or instance that helps make something clearb : a picture or diagram that helps make something clear or attractive
illustrationalplay \ˌi-lə-ˈstrā-shnəl, -shə-nəl also i-ˌlə-\ adjective
Examples of illustration in a Sentence
The illustration on page 30 shows the parts of an engine.
a book with many photographs and illustrations
The illustrations that he provided in his speech were very effective.
They selected photographs to use for the illustration of the book.
Illustration is the key to good communication.
Recent Examples of illustration from the Web
Councilman Quinton Lucas said the proposal was an illustration of how tax incentives can be used to retain and grow a company with high quality jobs in Kansas City.
The blossoming trade is a vivid illustration of how business and profits are moving ahead, the WSJ’s Yeliz Candemir writes, even as diplomatic relations in the region remain fractured.
This lead co-director Dean DeBlois to create an illustration of Stitch with a Gay Pride flag to commemorate.
The tops of the supports should be 18 inches from the leg bottoms (as shown in the profile illustration), and the ends of the supports should extend 14¾ inches from each leg.
The 112-page book will feature illustrations of Ginsburg doing each exercise in her routine.
The October shooting of Deborah Danner became a searing illustration of the argument for the training, which so far has reached about 5,800 of the department’s 35,000 officers.
Recovering from an aborted engagement, stuck emotionally in the wake of his mother's death, Dean is invited by an LA ad agency to take a meeting about using his illustrations to sell an Axe-like body spray.
His mug shot from the jail — showing lifeless eyes and scraggly facial hair — provided a stark illustration of how much Woods' mystique has been shattered since a decade of domination that golf had never seen.
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Definition of illustration for Students
1 : a picture or diagram that explains or decorates The dictionary has color illustrations.
2 : an example or instance used to make something clear The speech included illustrations of his successes.
3 : the action of illustrating : the condition of being illustrated He finished the illustration of the book.
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