Definition of "illustration" [il•lus•tra•tion]

  • The act of clarifying or explaining. (noun)
  • The state of being clarified or explained. (noun)
  • Material used to clarify or explain. See Synonyms at example. (noun)
  • Visual matter used to clarify or decorate a text. (noun)
  • Obsolete Illumination. (noun)

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Use "illustration" in a sentence
  • "For example the term illustration can mean many different things to different people, and have many different costs depending of what's being requested."
  • "** I don't claim that the illustration is a perfect likeness (it's remarkably hard to draw someone from memory more than a decade after the fact), but I do hope it catches something of his hunched pathetitude."
  • "The period chosen for my illustration is the moment when the last shell fired from the fleet bursts over the battery; and the troops, illumined by the glare, are seen rushing to the parapet to repel the assault."