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Definition of Illustrate

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demonstrate, exemplify; clarify; embellish, depict with pictures or words; elucidate
Illustrate Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To set in a clear light; to exhibit distinctly or conspicuously.
(v. t.)
To make clear, intelligible, or apprehensible; to elucidate, explain, or exemplify, as by means of figures, comparisons, and examples.
(v. t.)
To make clear, bright, or luminous.
(v. t.)
To give renown or honor to; to make illustrious; to glorify.
(v. t.)
To adorn with pictures, as a book or a subject; to elucidate with pictures, as a history or a romance.
Illustrated; distinguished; illustrious.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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illustration \il`lus*tra"tion\ (?), n. [l. illustratio: cf. f. illustration.]
1. 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.
2. that which illustrates; a comparison or example intended to make clear or apprehensible, or to remove obscurity.
3. a picture designed to decorate a volume or elucidate a literary work.

Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
WordNet 2.0

1. clarify by giving an example of
(synonym) exemplify, instance
(hypernym) elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate
(derivation) exemplification, illustration
2. depict with an illustration
(hypernym) picture, depict, render, show
(derivation) illustration
(classification) art, artistic creation, artistic production
3. e.g., illustrate a book with drawings
(hypernym) decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify
(derivation) illustration
Illustrate Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Technical English by wpv
to make clear by examples, comparisons, designs. (Application)
Illustrate Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
An illustration is a visualization or a depiction of a subject made by an artist, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, cinema or other kind of image  of things seen, remembered or imagined, using a graphical representation. The word comes from the latin word illustra'tio, illu'stro meaning enlighten, irradiate. Printing is the current process for reproducing illustrations, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. Illustrations can be artistic images illustrating for example a text, poem, fashion,  magazines, stamps or a book and very often illustrations were made for children's books. The aim of an illustration is to elucidate or decorate a story, poem or piece of textual information by providing a visual representation of something described in the text. Illustrations can also represent scientific images of flora, medicine  or different processes, a biological or chemical processes or technical illustrations to give information on how to use something. Illustrations can be executed in different techniques, like watercolor, gouache, ink, oil, charcoal chalk or woodcut.

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