The boundaries of acceptable comedy have once again asserted themselves, limning the limits of gallows humor.
From it I learned the importance of limning a particular setting, a sense of place.
Then there is the express statement of Nicholas Hilliard, who declares himself as the pupil of Holbein in the art of limning.
For his face, late blue with rage, was now black with a limning of the sewer liquid.
But the canvas of my imagination, when it came to limning the Man About Town, was blank.
Hilarius crimsoned, he was weary of limning ever with blue and gold, he faltered.
Florio explains miniatura as "a limning (see p. 63), a painting with vermilion."
Nevertheless, slight though it is, the limning all through has touches of the most comic suggestiveness.
He hath a rare gift of limning; but in our likeness, which he hath painted for deare Erasmus, I think he has made us very ugly.
We are told by Gilpin that Charles "had singular skill in limning, and was a good judge of pictures."
early 15c., "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, "to illuminate manuscripts" (late 14c.), from Old French luminer "light up, illuminate," from Latin luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (genitive luminis) "radiant energy, light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1590s. Related: Limned.