• WordNet 3.6
    • n adumbration a sketchy or imperfect or faint representation
    • n adumbration the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Adumbration A faint sketch; an outline; an imperfect portrayal or representation of a thing. "Elegant adumbrations of sacred truth."
    • Adumbration The act of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.
    • Adumbration (Her) The shadow or outlines of a figure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adumbration The act of adumbrating or making a shadow or faint resemblance.
    • n adumbration Figuratively, a faint sketch; an imperfect representation; something that suggests by resemblance, or shadows forth; a foreshadowing.
    • n adumbration In heraldry, the shadow only of a figure, outlined, and painted of a color darker than the field. Shadow, however, has no proper place in heraldry. It is a modern abuse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adumbratio,


In literature:

It might be possible to coast about it, to hint at it, by adumbrations and in consequences.
"The Human Comedy Introductions and Appendix" by Honore de Balzac
The opening event had been thus different from her expectation, and she had adumbrated no act to meet it.
"A Changed Man and Other Tales" by Thomas Hardy
In those few moments he lived through his past life and faced an adumbration of the future.
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
There is not one of them that adumbrates a theory that can be called a theory of Progress.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
All who went before merely adumbrated him and led up to him; all who have come since are descended from him and reflect him.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
It is at no time severed from reality; it is never its mere adumbration, nor are its contents mere phenomena.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
It enters the sphere of supernatural faith, and becomes the adumbration of our home in heaven.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
It must not be supposed that the change which I have adumbrated, passed rapidly over the Italian spirit.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Here the later doctrine of Maya is adumbrated, though not formulated.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
They are but the dim adumbrations of what was by and by to bloom forth in the human race.
"The Destiny of Man" by John Fiske

In poetry:

Did I explore from pole to pole,
In Nature's aspect I should find
But faint reflections of Her soul,
Dim adumbrations of Her mind.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

It was Assignment Day, which, despite its sound, is not a Calvinist adumbration of the Last Judgment, but rather a weekly occurrence in the arts sections of The Village Voice.

In science:

Note that now, as adumbrated earlier, changes in the initial conditions of a system may be reflected in changes in the qi (0), whereas under the conservative interpretation they would be represented by changes in the time-zero density matrix, ρ(0)5 .
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Memoir on the theory of the partitions of numbers. vi: Partitions in two-dimensional space, to which is added an adumbration of the theory of partitions in three-dimensional space.
Random sampling of plane partitions
As already adumbrated by Isenberg’s and Wheeler’s quote in the introduction, sect. 1, of these lectures, it is not an easy matter to decide whether Mach’s principle is satisfied in general relativity or not.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
This section is intended to adumbrate the formalism of HST, which has been extensively reviewed in.
Holographic Space-Time Does Not Predict Firewalls
VI: Partitions in Two-Dimensional Space, to which is Added an Adumbration of the Theory of Partitions in Three-Dimensional Space.
Lectures on integrable probability