an act or instance of interpretation, rendition, or depiction, as of a dramatic part or a musical composition: her rendering of the part of Hedda.
a translation: Chapman's rendering of Homer.
a representation of a building, interior, etc., executed in perspective and usually done for purposes of presentation.
Building Trades. render1 ( def 22 ).

1400–50; late Middle English (gerund); see render, -ing1 Unabridged


1 [ren-der]
verb (used with object)
to cause to be or become; make: to render someone helpless.
to do; perform: to render a service.
to furnish; provide: to render aid.
to exhibit or show (obedience, attention, etc.).
to present for consideration, app roval, payment, action, etc., as an account.
to return; to make (a payment in money, kind, or service) as by a tenant to a superior: knights rendering military service to the lord.
to pay as due (a tax, tribute, etc.).
to deliver formally or officially; hand down: to render a verdict.
to translate into another language: to render French poems into English.
to represent; depict, as in painting: to render a landscape.
to represent (a perspective view of a projected building) in drawing or painting.
to bring out the meaning of by performance or execution; interpret, as a part in a drama or a piece of music.
to give in return or requital: to render good for evil.
to give back; restore (often followed by back ).
to send (a suspected criminal) abroad; subject to rendition ( def 4 ).
to give up; surrender.
Building Trades. to cover (masonry) with a first coat of plaster.
to melt down; extract the impurities from by melting: to render fat.
to process, as for industrial use: to render livestock carcasses.
verb (used without object)
to provide due reward.
to try out oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.
Building Trades. a first coat of plaster for a masonry surface.

1275–1325; Middle English rendren < Middle French rendre < Vulgar Latin *rendere, alteration (formed by analogy with prendere to take) of Latin reddere ‘to give back’, equivalent to red- red- + -dere, combining form of dare ‘to give’

renderable, adjective
renderer, noun
unrenderable, adjective
unrendered, adjective
well-rendered, adjective

3. give, supply, contribute, afford. 4. demonstrate. 15. cede, yield. Unabridged
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render (ˈrɛndə)
1.  to present or submit (accounts, etc) for payment, approval, or action
2.  to give or provide (aid, charity, a service, etc)
3.  to show (obedience), as due or expected
4.  to give or exchange, as by way of return or requital: to render blow for blow
5.  to cause to become: grief had rendered him simple-minded
6.  to deliver (a verdict or opinion) formally
7.  to portray or depict (something), as in painting, music, or acting
8.  computing to use colour and shading to make a digital image look three-dimensional and solid
9.  to translate (something) into another language or form
10.  (sometimes foll by up) to yield or give: the tomb rendered up its secret
11.  (often foll by back) to return (something); give back
12.  to cover the surface of (brickwork, stone, etc) with a coat of plaster
13.  (often foll by down) to extract (fat) from (meat) by melting
14.  nautical
 a.  to reeve (a line)
 b.  to slacken (a rope, etc)
15.  history (of a feudal tenant) to make (payment) in money, goods, or services to one's overlord
16.  a first thin coat of plaster applied to a surface
17.  history a payment in money, goods, or services made by a feudal tenant to his lord
[C14: from Old French rendre, from Latin reddere to give back (influenced by Latin prendere to grasp), from re- + dare to give]

rendering (ˈrɛndərɪŋ)
1.  the act or an instance of performing a play, piece of music, etc
2.  a translation of a text from a foreign language
3.  rendering coat, Also called: render a coat of plaster or cement mortar applied to a surface
4.  a perspective drawing showing an architect's idea of a finished building, interior, etc

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to repeat," from O.Fr. rendre "give back, present, yield," from V.L. *rendere (formed on analogy of its antonym, prendre "to take"), from L. reddere "give back, return, restore," from re- "back" + comb. form of dare "to give" (see date (1)). Meaning "hand over,
deliver" is recorded from late 14c.; "to return (thanks, etc.)" is attested from late 15c.; meaning "represent, depict" is first attested 1599. Rendering "extracting or melting of fat" is attested from 1792; sense of "reproduction, representation" is from 1862.
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Computing Dictionary

rendering definition

graphics, text
The conversion of a high-level object-based description into a graphical image for display.
For example, ray-tracing takes a mathematical model of a three-dimensional object or scene and converts it into a bitmap image. Another example is the process of converting HTML into an image for display to the user.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
When constructed, the solar panels will shade parking areas on the campus, as
  in this artist's rendering.
But, as with every religion, no such rendering is to be found.
Networks of human nerve cells are seen in an artist's rendering.
Post updated to clarify that the image is an artist's rendering.
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