The idealized grid of fairness cannot limn the contours of these deep existential debts.
Somehow the arches and curves of its branches seemed to limn a pattern so dreadful that his heart beat faster as he gazed upon it.
No, madam; the beauty of the features the artist had set himself to limn.
Just as the old religious painters used to limn saints and Madonnas, let us now write works of artistic and moral fiction.
How we transpose and dislocate while we limn in aerial colours!
As I have sketched an ideal parlour, so would I limn a bedroom I have seen.
It is not possible in a chapter, a book or a five-foot shelf to limn all that is even of cursory interest.
Samuel Ferguson, in Congal, has done little more than limn an obscure shadow of that shadow: yet it haunts the imagination.
There were no longer these telling situations to limn which spoke for themselves, and without straw, bricks are not to be made.
limn thou, fantastic, free Blue sirens of the sea, And beasts of heraldry.
early 15c., "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, "to illuminate manuscripts" (late 14c.), from Old French luminer "light up, illuminate," from Latin luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (genitive luminis) "radiant energy, light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1590s. Related: Limned.