Definition of "illustration" []

  • 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)
  • Pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An example or demonstration (noun)
  • The act of illustrating or the state of being illustrated (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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."