verb (used with object)
to represent in drawing or painting.
to portray in words; describe.
Obsolete. to illuminate (manuscripts).

1400–50; late Middle English lymne, variant of Middle English luminen to illuminate (manuscripts), aphetic variant of enlumine < Middle French enluminer < Latin inlūmināre to embellish, literally, light up; see illuminate

outlimn, verb (used with object)
unlimned, adjective

limb, limn. Unabridged
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limn (lɪm)
1.  to represent in drawing or painting
2.  archaic to describe in words
3.  an obsolete word for illuminate
[C15: from Old French enluminer to illumine (a manuscript) from Latin inlūmināre to brighten, from lūmen light]

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Word Origin & History

c.1420, "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from M.E. lumine, "to illuminate manuscripts," from O.Fr. luminer, from L. luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (gen. luminis) "radiant energy, light." Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1592.
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Example sentences
They are rated by their ability to limn the customer's likeness on paper.
There is no determined plotting or pioneering zeal from childhood to limn her story.
Included among these is finning otherwise non-limn hydroelectric power so that it can be sold as higher value firm power.
We first limn the applicable standard of review and address a procedural point raised by the plaintiffs.
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