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limn (verb) paint or draw; describe.

When you limn you paint or draw pictures. You describe something when you limn it. “The minute she sees something she can limn it with good detail.” This means that she has the ability to sketch or draw the picture of what she sees as soon as she sees it. When an artist’s limning is life like, their drawing pictures or paintings is very realistic. To limn is also to describe. “His limning of the scene is clear” This means that his description of the scene is very clear.

  • He made the job of the police easy in detecting the person, who assailed him, because, being an artist, he was able to limn the picture of his assailant. With the help of the picture the police were able to identify him.
  • The limn the reporter gave of the incident was rather vague. His description gave no clear idea of what exactly happened.
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