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Definitions of illustration

  1. showing by example Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. artwork that helps make something clear or attractive Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The act of illustrating; the act of making clear and distinct; education; also, the state of being illustrated, or of being made clear and distinct. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which illustrates; a comparison or example intended to make clear or apprehensible, or to remove obscurity. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A picture designed to decorate a volume or elucidate a literary work. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The act of making clear or adorning by pictures; the state of being explained or adorned by pictures; that which makes clear, as a comparison or example; a picture designed to make the text plain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Act of making lustrous or clear: act of explaining: that which illustrates: a picture or diagram. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Act of giving lustre to, or making clear; explanation; metaphor; picture in a book. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. That which illustrates; an example or a picture. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act or art of illustrating. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Illustrator or illustrater. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act of illustrating; explanation; that which illustrates; an engraving or picture designed to illustrate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Explanation of what is obscure or but imperfectly understood, particularly by a picture or diagram. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Illustrationly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Illustrative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for illustration

  1. Carlile was an illustration of Bulwer's remark, that courage in one thing, is not to be mistaken for courage in everything. – Life and Character of Richard Carlile by George Jacob Holyoake
  2. That mysterious power, " force of circumstances," is doubtless responsible for this, and no better illustration for my argument could be found than my own case. – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
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