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illustration

[il-uh-strey-shuh n] /ˌɪl əˈstreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
something that illustrates, as a picture in a book or magazine.
2.
a comparison or an example intended for explanation or corroboration.
3.
the act or process of illuminating.
4.
the act of clarifying or explaining; elucidation.
5.
Archaic. illustriousness; distinction.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin illustrātiōn- (stem of illustrātiō) the act of making vivid, illustrating. See illustrate, -ion
Related forms
nonillustration, noun
overillustration, noun
preillustration, noun
reillustration, noun
superillustration, noun
Synonyms
2. explication. See case1 .
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Examples for illustration
  • In illustration b, the image is even more compelling.
  • Watch a video illustration of what scientists can learn from footprints.
  • The ability to also scan an illustration makes this information-gathering and decision-making process much more efficient.
  • The fact that these two asked what their final grade was is an illustration of this.
  • The text suggests the dog, but the illustration suggests the observer.
  • Memories are stored in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, shown in red in this computer illustration.
  • As a graphic arts center, they also thought a children's book illustration show around the holidays was timely.
  • To me that was a dramatic illustration of the importance of role models.
  • In this way scientific illustration closely mirrors the scientific process itself.
  • The lowdown on low-price computer illustration programs.
British Dictionary definitions for illustration

illustration

/ˌɪləˈstreɪʃən/
noun
1.
pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text
2.
an example or demonstration an illustration of his ability
3.
the act of illustrating or the state of being illustrated
Derived Forms
illustrational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for illustration
illustration
late 14c., "a spiritual illumination," from O.Fr. illustration, from L. illustrationem (nom. illustratio) "vivid representation" (in writing), lit. "an enlightening," from illustrare "light up, embellish, distinguish," from in- "in" + lustrare "make bright, illuminate." Mental sense of "act of making clear in the mind" is from 1580s. Meaning "an illustrative picture" is from 1816. Illustrate "educate by means of examples," first recorded 1610s. Sense of "provide pictures to explain or decorate" is 1630s.
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