Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of illuminating.
  • n. The state of being illuminated.
  • n. A source of light.
  • n. Decorative lighting.
  • n. Spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.
  • n. Clarification; elucidation.
  • n. The art or act of decorating a text, page, or initial letter with ornamental designs, miniatures, or lettering.
  • n. An example of this art.
  • n. Physics The luminous flux per unit area at any point on a surface exposed to incident light. Also called illuminance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.
  • n. Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.
  • n. Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See illuminate (transitive verb).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.
  • n. Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.
  • n. Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See Illuminate, v. t., 3.
  • n. That which is illuminated, as a house; also, an ornamented book or manuscript.
  • n. That which illuminates or gives light; brightness; splendor; especially, intellectual light or knowledge.
  • n. The special communication of knowledge to the mind by God; inspiration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Supply of light; emanation of luminous rays; light afforded by a luminous body or substance.
  • n. The act of illuminating, or the state of being illuminated; a lighting up; specifically, an unusual or profuse display of light; decoration by means of many lights, as in festivity or rejoicing: as, the illumination of a city.
  • n. Mental enlightenment; knowledge or insight imparted.
  • n. In a special use, the doctrine of the Illuminati; worship of enlightenment or knowledge.
  • n. Pictorial ornamentation of books and manuscripts by hand, as practised in the middle ages; adornment by means of pictures, designs, and letters in flat colors, gilt, etc., practised especially in devotional works: as, the art of illumination.
  • n. A representation or design in an illuminated work: as, the illuminations of a psalter.
  • n. Specifically, the measure of the amount of light falling on a surface.
  • n. In the pictorial arts, the quality and quantity of light expressed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
  • n. painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
  • n. the luminous flux incident on a unit area
  • n. the degree of visibility of your environment
  • n. an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.