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(past & past part. limned; pres. part. limning)
Trace the shape of.  Synonyms: delineate, outline.
Make a portrait of.  Synonyms: depict, portray.

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"Limn" Quotes from Famous Books

... the situation. Later "Phiz" fell off in his work and indeed adopted quite new and more commercial methods, such as would enable him to get through the vast amount of work that came to him. There were no longer these telling situations to limn which spoke for themselves, and without straw, bricks are not to be made. In this later manner we seem to have bid adieu to the inspiration—to the fine old round style of drawing—where the figures "stand out" completely. He adopted a sort of sketchy fashion; his figures ...
— Pickwickian Manners and Customs • Percy Fitzgerald

... concerning the date of this mission. De Barros (I. iii. 3) says A.D. 1484. Lopes de Limn (IV. i. 5) gives the reason why A.D. 1485 is generally adopted, and he believes that the cruise of the previous year did not lead to the Congo River. The explorer, proceeding to inspect the coast south of Cape St. Catherine ...
— Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 2 • Richard F. Burton

Words linked to "Limn" :   represent, limner, artistic production, interpret, delineate, draw, art, artistic creation, contour, lipstick

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