verb (used with object)
Origin of limn
Examples from the Web for limn
The idealized grid of fairness cannot limn the contours of these deep existential debts.Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness|Stephen T. Asma|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is not possible in a chapter, a book or a five-foot shelf to limn all that is even of cursory interest.Royal Palaces and Parks of France|Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Limn thou, fantastic, free Blue sirens of the sea, And beasts of heraldry.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems|Thophile Gautier
There were no longer these telling situations to limn which spoke for themselves, and without straw, bricks are not to be made.Pickwickian Manners and Customs|Percy Fitzgerald
Samuel Ferguson, in Congal, has done little more than limn an obscure shadow of that shadow: yet it haunts the imagination.The Washer of the Ford|Fiona Macleod
As I have sketched an ideal parlour, so would I limn a bedroom I have seen.
British Dictionary definitions for limn
Word Origin for limn
Word Origin and History for limn
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.