from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To cause to be seen as a silhouette; outline: Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- transitive v. To represent by a silhouette; to project upon a background, so as to be like a silhouette.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
French, after Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), French finance minister.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French silhouette (Wiktionary)