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Limn   Listen
Limn  v. t.  (past & past part. limned; pres. part. limning)  
To draw or paint; especially, to represent in an artistic way with pencil or brush. "Let a painter carelessly limn out a million of faces, and you shall find them all different."
Hence: To picture in words; to describe in graphic terms.
To illumine, as books or parchments, with ornamental figures, letters, or borders.

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"Limn" Quotes from Famous Books

... Asleep!—and guilt can slumber! Guilt can lie Down-lidded and soft-breathed like innocence! Hath dreams as sweet as childhood's—who can tell? Were I an artist, and did wish to paint A devil to perfection, I'd not limn A horned monster, with a leprous skin, Red-hot from Pandemonium—not I. But with my delicatest tints, I'd paint A woman in the glamour of her youth, All garmented with loveliness and mystery! How fair she is! Her beauty glides between Me and my ...
— Standard Selections • Various

... made rear This daughter, that in sovereign beauty grew; Nor suffered her to see or even hear A man beside himself; and, for her view, — Lest lights should lack, whereby her course to steer — The senior every modest lady, who E'er on unlawful love the barrier shut, Made limn in ...
— Orlando Furioso • Lodovico Ariosto

... hath my much wrong'd father limn'd my faults In colours half so black, as in themselves, My guilt hath dy'd them: were there mercy left, Yet mine own shame would be my Executioner: Lords, I ...
— The Laws of Candy - Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (3 of 10) • Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

... emanations of the steaming blood, issued the form of the ancient being who had first sent the elemental of fire upon its mission. It grew and darkened and solidified before our eyes. It rose from just beyond the table so that the lower portions remained invisible, but I saw the outline limn itself upon the air, as though slowly revealed by the rising of a curtain. It apparently had not then quite concentrated to the normal proportions, but was spread out on all sides into space, huge, though ...
— Three John Silence Stories • Algernon Blackwood

... lays, To limn the beauty of the earth and sky? Before thine inner gaze Let all that beauty in clear vision lie; Look on it with exceeding love, and write The words ...
— Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant - Household Edition • William Cullen Bryant

... I labour to limn him. Credite, Pisones, isti tabulae persimilem. You look and you write with so different a grace, That I envy your verse, though I did not your face. And to him that thinks rightly, there's reason enough, 'Cause one is as smooth as the ...
— Poems (Volume II.) • Jonathan Swift

Words linked to "Limn" :   depict, art, artistic creation, artistic production, lipstick, portray, interpret, represent, outline, delineate, contour

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