transitive verb (limned; limning) Etymology: Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare Date: 1592 1. to draw or paint on a surface 2. to outline in clear sharp detail ; delineate 3. describe <
the novel limns the frontier life of the settlers
limner noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • limn — index delineate, depict, portray Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • limn... — limn...,   Wortbildungselement, limno …   Universal-Lexikon

  • limn — (v.) early 15c., to illuminate (manuscripts), altered from M.E. luminen, to illuminate manuscripts (late 14c.), from O.Fr. luminer light up, illuminate, from L. luminare illuminate, burnish, from lumen (gen. luminis) radiant energy, light,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • limn — vb *represent, depict, portray, delineate, picture …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • limn — ► VERB literary ▪ depict or describe in painting or words. DERIVATIVES limner noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «illuminate a manuscript»: from Latin luminare make light …   English terms dictionary

  • limn — [lim] vt. limned, limning [lim′iŋ, lim′niŋ] [ME limnen, contr. < luminen, for enluminen < OFr enluminer < L illuminare, ILLUMINATE] 1. to paint or draw 2. to portray in words; describe 3. Obs. to illuminate (manuscripts) limner [lim′ər,… …   English World dictionary

  • limn — dis·limn; limn; …   English syllables

  • limn- — (prefix) lake …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • limn — /lim/, v.t. 1. to represent in drawing or painting. 2. to portray in words; describe. 3. Obs. to illuminate (manuscripts). [1400 50; late ME lymne, var. of ME luminen to illuminate (manuscripts), aph. var. of enlumine < MF enluminer < L… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”