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ILLUSTRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does illustration mean? 

ILLUSTRATION (noun)
  The noun ILLUSTRATION has 4 senses:

1. artwork that helps make something clear or attractive
2. showing by example
3. an item of information that is representative of a type
4. a visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand

  Familiarity information: ILLUSTRATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ILLUSTRATION (noun)


Sense 1illustration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Artwork that helps make something clear or attractive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("illustration" is a kind of...):

art; artwork; graphics; nontextual matter (photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication)

Meronyms (parts of "illustration"):

caption; legend (brief description accompanying an illustration)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illustration"):

pictorial matter; picture (illustrations used to decorate or explain a text)

fig; figure (a diagram or picture illustrating textual material)


Sense 2illustration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing by example

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

exemplification; illustration

Hypernyms ("illustration" is a kind of...):

demo; demonstration (a visual presentation showing how something works)


Sense 3illustration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An item of information that is representative of a type

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

example; instance; illustration; representative

Context examples:

this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome / there is an example on page 10

Hypernyms ("illustration" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illustration"):

apology; excuse (a poor example)

exception (an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization)

case in point; precedent (an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time)

quintessence (the most typical example or representative of a type)

sample (a small part of something intended as representative of the whole)

specimen (an example regarded as typical of its class)


Sense 4illustration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("illustration" is a kind of...):

representation (a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "illustration"):

plate (a full-page illustration (usually on slick paper))


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