from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give a sketchy outline of.
- transitive v. To prefigure indistinctly; foreshadow.
- transitive v. To disclose partially or guardedly.
- transitive v. To overshadow; shadow or obscure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To foreshadow vaguely.
- v. To give a vague outline.
- v. To obscure or overshadow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.
- transitive v. To overshadow; to shade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overshadow; partially darken or conceal.
- Figuratively, to give a faint shadow or resemblance of; outline or shadow forth; foreshadow; prefigure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
- v. give to understand
Latin adumbrāre, adumbrāt-, to represent in outline : ad-, ad- + umbra, shadow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin adumbrātus "represented in outline", from adumbrāre "cast a shadow on", from umbra "shadow". (Wiktionary)