penumbra
Penumbra Pe*num"bra, n. [NL., fr. L. paene almost + umbra shade.] 1. An incomplete or partial shadow. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astron.) The shadow cast, in an eclipse, where the light is partly, but not wholly, cut off by the intervening body; the space of partial illumination between the umbra, or perfect shadow, on all sides, and the full light. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

Note: The faint shade surrounding the dark central portion of a solar spot is also called the {penumbra}, and sometimes {umbra}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Paint.) The part of a picture where the shade imperceptibly blends with the light. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Penumbra — (lat.), s. Sonnenflecke …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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