Limn Limn (l[i^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limned} (l[i^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Limning} (l[i^]m"n[i^]ng or l[i^]m"[i^]ng).] [OE. limnen, fr. luminen, for enluminen, F. enluminer to illuminate, to limn, LL. illuminare to paint. [root]122. See {Illuminate}, {Luminous}.] 1. To draw or paint; especially, to represent in an artistic way with pencil or brush. [1913 Webster]

Let a painter carelessly limn out a million of faces, and you shall find them all different. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: To picture in words; to describe in graphic terms. [PJC]

3. To illumine, as books or parchments, with ornamental figures, letters, or borders. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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