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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ De Smith has adumbrated four different tests which the courts have at one time or another used.
▪ He told me that his civil servants had said that this was impossible, and adumbrated the problem to me.
▪ In this chapter, however, we want to adumbrate the principal features of the continuum view of non-linear viscoelasticity.
▪ The essentials of this form of government may be adumbrated as follows.
▪ The incident adumbrates an attitude of mind which is mirrored in the linguistic techniques exploited later in the novel.
▪ These considerations adumbrate the argument for the secondary role of consent in the justification of authority.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Adumbrate \Ad*um"brate\, v. t. [L. adumbratus, p. p. of adumbrare; ad + umbrare to shade; umbra shadow.]

  1. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.

    Both in the vastness and the richness of the visible universe the invisible God is adumbrated.
    --L. Taylor.

  2. To overshadow; to shade.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to outline, to sketch," 1580s, from Latin adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in outline," past participle of adumbrare "to represent (a thing) in outline" (see adumbration). Meaning "to overshadow" is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.


vb. 1 To foreshadow vaguely. 2 To give a vague outline. 3 To obscure or overshadow.

  1. v. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas" [syn: sketch, outline]

  2. give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife" [syn: intimate, insinuate]

Usage examples of "adumbrate".

At this point Adam saw his way sufficiently clear to adumbrate to Davenport with fair exactness what he wished hime to find out.

Mysteries with good reason adumbrate the immersion of the unpurified in filth, even in the Nether-World, since the unclean loves filth for its very filthiness, and swine foul of body find their joy in foulness.

Hence the Mysteries with good reason adumbrate the immersion of the unpurified in filth, even in the Nether-World, since the unclean loves filth for its very filthiness, and swine foul of body find their joy in foulness.

Moreover, it was this special combination that adumbrated the style of expertise upon which Lawrence, Bell, and Philby built their reputation.

Islamic Orientalism between the wars shared in the general sense of cultural crisis adumbrated by Auerbach and the others I have spoken of briefly, without at the same time developing in the same way as the other human sciences.

Few can equal him in adumbrating the nearness of nameless forces and monstrous besieging entities through casual hints and insignificant details, or in conveying feelings of the spectral and the abnormal in connection with regions or buildings.

The grim forever adumbrated in recent issues of Mind pressed down, down.

Though MT later discounted it as a "villainous backwoods sketch," it already adumbrates motifs that would stick with him throughout his career -- including the use of a vernacular speaker and the unexplained appearance of a mysterious stranger.

My thoughts turned to the consolations of art, and a pleasing notion came to me, that of adumbrating the plight of Godfrey Demmiman, a half-human creature granted the freedom of a god.

And yet, much talent and potential can be seen in The New Gulliver, adumbrating greatness to come.

As the mist cleared away, and I recovered myself, I made out that it was the nose of Dominie Dobiensis, who was kneeling at the bed-side, his nose adumbrating the coverlid of my bed, his spectacles dimmed with tears, and his long grey locks falling on each side, and shadowing his eyes.

What manner of things were those shadows he sometimes glimpsed, behind the tightly tethered guard sharks, unclear through what must be adumbrating glamours?

When Hackworth had performed this stunt as a youth, he had discovered that the farther it got from its appointed place the hotter it became, all the while politely informing him, in clipped military diction, that he had best release it or fall victim to vaguely adumbrated consequences.

Her suit lights refracted off the gritty ice with its dark adumbrate core of sorrow and suffering.