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Adumbra'tion. n.s. [from adumbrate.]

  1. The act of adumbrating, or giving a slight and imperfect representation. See ADUMBRATE.

    To make some adumbration of that we mean, the interiour is rather an impulsion or contusion of the air, than an elision or section of the same. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 187.

  2. The slight and imperfect representation of a thing; a faint sketch.

    The observers view but the backside of the hangings; the right one is on the other side the grave: and our knowledge is but like those broken ends; at best a most confused adumbration. Glanville's Scepsis Scientifica.

    Those of the first sort have some adumbration of the rational nature, as vegetables have of the sensible. Hale's Origin.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Hale, Matthew (49)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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