limn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v limn make a portrait of "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
    • v limn trace the shape of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Limn To draw or paint; especially, to represent in an artistic way with pencil or brush. "Let a painter carelessly limn out a million of faces, and you shall find them all different."
    • Limn To illumine, as books or parchments, with ornamental figures, letters, or borders.
    • Limn To picture in words; to describe in graphic terms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • limn To represent by painting or drawing; depict; delineate; hence, to describe vividly or minutely.
    • limn To practise drawing or painting, especially in water-colors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Limn lim to draw or paint, esp. in water-colours:
    • v.t Limn lim (orig.) to illuminate with ornamental letters, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. limnen, fr. luminen, for enluminen, F. enluminer, to illuminate, to limn, LL. illuminare, to paint. √122. See Illuminate Luminous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. of O. Fr. enluminer—L. illumināre.

Usage

In literature:

Fragment by fragment, morsel by morsel, the great Figure limns itself against the shadow of the years.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
How clear their figures were, in the sunshine, limned against the lazy yellowish sand, under the peaceful blue!
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Here it was limned in clearer form.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
Some fantastic reverie limned for amusement?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
For his face, late blue with rage, was now black with a limning of the sewer liquid.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Rain and darkness made it hard for him to see it in detail, but lighted torches and candles glowing inside the windows limned its general shape.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
But the words of Professor Maniel were limned on the retina of his brain in letters of fire.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
In the same place stood other stands, managed by Italians who looked like caricatures drawn by the same artist who limned their predecessors.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
Seek'st thou, in living lays, To limn the beauty of the earth and sky?
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
Limned faintly against the reflected light was the outline of a crouching man's body.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
The flashlight limned a ghastly, obscenely fat body and a long tapering tail.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
What kind of painter could these clear lines limn?
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Here, too, he limns the scenes of his comedy-tragedy, and depicts the changing fashions of the time.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
The portrait of her, limned by the astute Bodoeri, came back to his mind's eye.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Somehow the arches and curves of its branches seemed to limn a pattern so dreadful that his heart beat faster as he gazed upon it.
"The Tree of Life" by Catherine Lucille Moore
A cleft in the bank to his right held a small hole, dimly limned by a wisp of starlight.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
The limning of years could not be effaced by the desecrating power of mortified vanity.
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie
But now, I knew that all his art had but limned some of the tints of her sunshot hair and traced a few points of her beauty.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
She knew it so well that she limned it in her forehead as faithfully as had the Chinese sabre in his.
"The Way of the Gods" by John Luther Long
He limned the project fully, but declared with scorn that it needed a man of courage to carry it out, and there was not one such in his court.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

A tree with its arms outstretching,
Was limned on the distant sky,
And my fancy saw a picture
Such as gold can never buy.
"A Picture" by Jared Barhite
It now must bear aloft a hymn,
The call of God proclaiming;
Pictures of blood its lines shall limn,
Drawn bold in letters flaming,—
"To Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Mark what unequaled and supernal hues —
Ever the artist's dream and his despair —
She doth, with art supreme, unrivaled use,
To limn her vision wonderful and fair.
"A Sierran Sunrise" by Clark Ashton Smith
She went ashore, and we sailed away,
'Twas the first and the only time ever we met,
But my memory limns her as lovely to-day,
As she was on that day I can never forget.
"Claude" by John Hartley
Seek, and thine eyes shall find: oh, we have sought
The Vision of our Dream, yet found it not.
We limn its broken shadow, that our heart
May half remember–and ye call it Art!
"The Seekers" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
Eastlake has the chimney, (a good one to limn he,)
And a vargin he paints with a sarpent below;
While bulls, pigs, and panthers, and other enchanthers,
Are painted by Landseer in sweet Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho (26 Albums).
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho.
La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho.
John Cox and Anthony Limón.
Southwest Airlines recently limned why it's one of the few profitable airlines: it puts its customers first.
Former Limn transforms today into an arts center.
Two discount retailers wanted to lease the space in North Sacramento where Dan Friedlander once housed his Limn furnishings store.
What's with the limning .
In the final decades of the 20th century, we lost José Limón, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, and, in 2009, Merce Cunningham.
In the final decades of the 20th century, we lost José Limón, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, and, in 2009, Merce Cunningham .
Obituaries for Hollywood luminaries usually limn octogenarian actresses and septuagenarian directors.
Rosa Torres- Pardo & Rocio Márquez Limón: "Suite Española".
In "Suite Española," acclaimed Spanish pianist Rosa Torres- Pardo and world famous flamenco singer Rocío Márquez Limón enchant the audience with a unique interpretation of Spanish classics by Granados, Albéniz, and Falla.
Rosa Torres-Pardo & Rocio Márquez Limón: "Suite Española".
In "Suite Española," acclaimed Spanish pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo and world famous flamenco singer Rocío Márquez Limón enchant the audience with a unique interpretation of Spanish classics by Granados, Albéniz, and Falla.
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In science:

By standard renormalization results (see Proposition 2.1 in Antal and Pisztora ) it follows that for any p > pc (Zd ), the set of good vertices stochastically dominates site percolation with parameter p∗ (N ) on (N Z)d , with limN→∞ p∗ (N ) = 1.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
If all the coefficients a2k > 0 the statistics of the eigenvalues may be evaluated in the limit N → ∞ , see , limN→∞ GN (z ) = G(z ) is holomorphic in the complex z plane, except for a segment (−A, A) on the real axis.
Phase transitions and random matrices
We must have limn ([un , ai ] + ai ) = 0 and limn [un , aj ] = 0.
Number Operator Algebras
Since limn→+∞ gγ (n) =: Lλ (fγ ), we have that limγ Lλ (fγ ) and Lλ (f ) := limn→+∞ ϕ(n) both exist and they are equal.
Classification on the average of random walks
Subcritical region, that is 12 exp(−µ1 ) < 1: m(N ) = O(1), more exactly the distribution of m(N ) has a limit limN PN (m(N ) = m) = pm for fixed m as N → ∞.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
V (G)| Xv∈V (G) If there exists the limit limN→∞ DN (f ) = D(f ), then D(f ) is called the macrodimension on the scale f .
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
For every state i of X, the limit limn→∞ Pr(Xn = i) exists.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
The calculation of limn→∞ Pr(Xn = i) is generally known to be polynomial time in the number of states of the Markov chain, assuming unit cost of arithmetical operations .
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
It converges for N → ∞ under very general conditions (which we shall not discuss here) towards a limiting distribution P (y , τ ) = limN→∞ PN (y , τ ).
Products of Random Matrices
The family of functions In is decreasing, and the limit I(y ) , limn→∞ In (y ) is convex.
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
Recall that the recording tableaux σ(n) are nested; the limiting standard tableau σ(∞) = limn→∞ σ(n) is thus a well-defined ob ject.
A path-transformation for random walks and the Robinson-Schensted correspondence
It might seem reasonable to define a limit random-cluster measure to be any weak limit of the form limn→∞ φξn Λn ,p,q for some sequence (ξn : n ≥ 1) of members of Ω and some sequence Λ = (Λn : n ≥ 1) of boxes satisfying Λn → Zd .
The Random-Cluster Model
According to this lemma, Kalikow’s condition implies that, for IP-a.e. ω , P ω 0 (limn→∞ Xn = ∞) = 1.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
Thus, the limit J(y ) , limn→∞ Jn (y ) is convex.
Large deviations for Brownian motion in a random scenery
We prove that when c is a constant and n → ∞, the limit limn→∞ M(n, c)/n, exists, with high probability.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
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