- to represent in drawing or painting.
- to portray in words; describe.
- Obsolete. to illuminate (manuscripts).
Origin of limn
Examples from the Web for limning
From it I learned the importance of limning a particular setting, a sense of place.‘Miracle Boy Grows Up’: Ben Mattlin Speaks to Jay McInerney
December 22, 2012
The boundaries of acceptable comedy have once again asserted themselves, limning the limits of gallows humor.Too Soon? Jokes That Get People Fired
March 16, 2011
For his face, late blue with rage, was now black with a limning of the sewer liquid.The Free Lances
But the canvas of my imagination, when it came to limning the Man About Town, was blank.The Four Million
No one talks of "limning a missal," or of a "limned missal."Arrows of the Chace, v. 2
Hilarius crimsoned, he was weary of limning ever with blue and gold, he faltered.The Gathering of Brother Hilarius
In this art of limning or painting in water colours, his artists are wonderfully expert.
- to represent in drawing or painting
- archaic to describe in words
- an obsolete word for illuminate
Word Origin and History for limning
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.