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  • v. Present participle of illuminate.

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  • adj. Giving or producing light; used for illumination.

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

  • adj. tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance


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  • I mean, we now know that they weren't laser - designated bombs, and so, therefore, that takes, if you like, one person out of the loop: The forward air controller on the ground would not have not been designating the targets, but they would have been what they call illuminating them.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Pentagon Holds Briefing on U.S. Military Bomb Accident in Kuwait - March 13, 2001

  • Updike would have reviewers close their eyes and zip their lips, where they should be keen of sight and articulate in illuminating the book and its context ....

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • Science has come a long way in illuminating the development processes of an organism in terms of chemical reactions, the result of electromagnetic interaction between atoms.

    David Anderson on Creation and Evolution

  • Especially illuminating is the take down of the Lordship Salvation Fantasy that has for lo these many years soiled the hands of John R.R. MacArthur.

    Kevin the Cannonball « Unknowing

  • As far as I'm concerned, Ron writes some of the best reviews around, online or off, and this one is right up there in illuminating not only how a text works, but in offering a clear understanding of its context - literary, historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological.

    Chic ironic bitterness

  • I originally was interested in illuminating the universal assumption of all IDers that anyone that disagrees with them can only do so because of bias, i.e., the idea that it's a culture war and not well reasoned disagreement.

    Bradley Monton's Paper criticizing Dover Decision

  • The mysteries of this famous shipwreck are far more illuminating from a historical perspective, minus all the sappy ridiculousness that Cameron poured so copiously all over his Oscar-winning smash-hit.

    J.D.’s Top 10 Movies From the Deep » Scene-Stealers

  • Is her discussion of this classic firearm complex or illuminating from a historical perspective?

    HotForWords on the AK-47 « Skid Roche

  • Jim Ridley: It's easy to overpraise a movie like the showily acted, arty Dead Girl because it offers an antidote to Turistas 'zipless bloodletting - just as it's easy to cop a knee-jerk pose of moral superiority to the torture-porn genre, which can fiddle with our sympathies and taboos in illuminating ways.

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 12/27.

  • Boswell's life is unusual in illuminating not only the underworld of the prostitutes among whom he spent an impressive proportion of his time but also the heavy, static society of the Scottish aristocracy and the fierily loquacious world of London's "clubbable" men.

    Bozzy's Life


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