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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delineate, limn, outlineverb

    trace the shape of

  2. portray, depict, limnverb

    make a portrait of

    "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"


  1. Limnverb

    Hence: To picture in words; to describe in graphic terms.


  1. limnverb

    To draw or paint; delineate.

  2. limnverb

    To describe.

  3. limnverb

    To illuminate, as a manuscript.

  4. Etymology: luminem, limnen, from enluminer, from illumino (English illuminate), in + lumino, from lumen, from lewk- (English leam).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Limnverb

    To draw; to paint any thing.

    Etymology: enluminer, French, to adorn books with pictures.

    Mine eye doth his effigies witness,
    Most truly limn’d, and living in your face. William Shakespeare.

    Emblems limned in lively colours. Henry Peacham.

    How are the glories of the field spun, and by what pencil are they limned in their unaffected bravery? Joseph Glanvill.


  1. limn

    "Limn" is a verb in English language and it doesn't have a connection with mathematical or scientific notations like "lim" or "n". It means to describe or depict something in detail, especially in painting or drawing. The term originates from the Latin word "illuminare", which means "to light up" or "to illuminate". Therefore, in a broader sense, it could refer to elucidating or highlighting something clearly and precisely through words or art.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limnverb

    to draw or paint; especially, to represent in an artistic way with pencil or brush

  2. Limnverb

    to illumine, as books or parchments, with ornamental figures, letters, or borders

  3. Etymology: [OE. limnen, fr. luminen, for enluminen, F. enluminer to illuminate, to limn, LL. illuminare to paint. 122. See Illuminate, Luminous.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Limn

    lim, v.t. to draw or paint, esp. in water-colours: (orig.) to illuminate with ornamental letters, &c.—n. Lim′ner, one who limns or paints on paper or parchment: a portrait-painter. [Contr. of O. Fr. enluminer—L. illumināre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LIMN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LIMN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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