Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's In A Name?

Pronunciation: \ˈlim\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): limned; limn·ing \ˈli-miŋ, ˈlim-niŋ\
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
— limn·er \ˈli-mər, ˈlim-nər\ noun


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