limning :

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  • n  a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
  • v  trace the shape of
  • v  make a portrait of

  • Here, though, limning the attempts of FBI agent Reeves to infiltrate Swayze's beach-bum bank gang, Bigelow often forsakes her wits.
  • In a few weeks, when I get around to a column on Cole Porter and "De-lovely," I'll surely be limning, and humming, the songs Porter wrote for "Kiss Me, Kate.
  • The word for this, derived from medieval illuminating of manuscripts, was "limning.

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