Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of adumbrating or making a shadow or faint resemblance.
- n. Figuratively, a faint sketch; an imperfect representation; something that suggests by resemblance, or shadows forth; a foreshadowing.
- n. In heraldry, the shadow only of a figure, outlined, and painted of a color darker than the field. Shadow, however, has no proper place in heraldry. It is a modern abuse.
- n. obsolete, art Shading.
- n. A faint sketch; an outline, a brief representation.
- n. figuratively A rough or symbolic representation of something.
- n. heraldry The shadow or outline of a figure.
- n. literature A vague indication of what is to come.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.
- n. A faint sketch; an outline; an imperfect portrayal or representation of a thing.
- n. (Her.) The shadow or outlines of a figure.
- n. the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
- n. a sketchy or imperfect or faint representation
- From Latin adumbrātiōnem, from adumbrāre. (Wiktionary)
“Apparently from the very first episode of "Work of Art," clues to the identity of the eventual winner were baked into the show -- a kind of adumbration that is in fact seeded throughout all reality shows by their canny, all-knowing producers.”
“His theory has something in common with current philosophical speculation, and it is in part, as I understand, a kind of adumbration, a shrewd guess, at the present attitude of cytologists.”
“This is a pleasant picture of the great writer's domestic life, and it gives also a faint 'adumbration' of what is now forgotten: the intense curiosity and eager anticipation that was abroad as to what he was doing or preparing.”
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“He was as splendid a brute — an adumbration of the splendid human conquerors and rulers, higher on the ladder of evolution, who have appeared in other times and places.”
“So the first takeaway is that the US government might think the legal situation sufficiently plain that it needs no adumbration.”
“In ways the hee-hee council was an adumbration of the councils of primitive man, and of the great national assemblies and international conventions of latter-day man.”
“In ideology-critique, "reproduce" means something a whole lot more fundamental than cutting-and-pasting, Andrew, but there's a hint, a glimmering, an adumbration in your second point that restores my faith in your critical acumen.”
“What was subconscious became conscious, what, back in the past, was a mere adumbration gloried out in Aurora splendours.”
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