American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.
- n. An outline that appears dark against a light background. See Synonyms at outline.
- v. To cause to be seen as a silhouette; outline: Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a portrait in black or some other uniform tint, sometimes varied as to the bailor other parts by lighter lines or a lightening of shade, showing the profile as cast by a candle on a sheet of paper; hence, any opaque portrait, design, or image in profile. Silhouette portraits wore very common throughout the early years of the nineteenth century, and arc often cut out of black paper.
- n. Opaque representation or exhibition in profile; the figure made by the shadow or a shadowy outline of an object; shadow.
- To represent or exhibit in silhouette; make or bring out a shaded profile or outline view of: used chiefly or only in the past participle.
- n. An illustrated outline filled in with a solid color(s), usually only black, and intended to represent the shape of an object without revealing any other visual details; a similar appearance produced when the object being viewed is situated in relative darkness with brighter lighting behind it; a profile portrait in black, such as a shadow appears to be.
- v. To represent by a silhouette; to project upon a background, so as to be like a silhouette.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A representation of the outlines of an object filled in with a black color; a profile portrait in black, such as a shadow appears to be.
- v. Recent To represent by a silhouette; to project upon a background, so as to be like a silhouette.
- v. project on a background, such as a screen, like a silhouette
- n. a drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color
- n. an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)
- v. represent by a silhouette
- Borrowing from French silhouette (Wiktionary)
- French, after Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), French finance minister. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He was dropped off in front of his driveway at what he estimated to be 12: 05 a.m. when he saw what he described as a silhouette go from the trailer court to the field near his residence, in what was an often-traveled way to the court for people who lived there.”
“Super Sally E. hooping in silhouette on the Lagoa (lagoon) in Florianopolis, Brazil.”
“Tamaranth's Non-Ephemera things mean a lot tuesday in silhouette”
“When I looked up the etymology of the word silhouette and saw his name, I thought a virus had somehow infected my copy of the OED.”
“Victims of his high taxes complained and used the word silhouette to refer to their wealth being reduced to a mere shadow of what it once was.”
“The most pronounced element of the car is its rakish, coupe-like silhouette, which is a function of where the roofline lands on the rear deck.”
“Kenneth Josephson's shadow falls across his son, "Matthew, 1963," an infant lying on the ground swaddled in white; we know the silhouette is the child's father because it hovers protectively over the sleeping figure.”
“Her silhouette was a classic one, but the color and fabric were quite modern.”
“BTW, where are the profiles in courage, aka silhouette pix of Ian and Tessa's scary-hairy and very-very tummies?”
“But some parents didn't expect to be separated from the kids so they don't have pictures and you only see a silhouette, which is on the screen right now.”
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