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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Shading.
  • n. A faint sketch; an outline, a brief representation.
  • n. A rough or symbolic representation of something.
  • n. The shadow or outline of a figure.
  • n. A vague indication of what is to come.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.
  • n. A faint sketch; an outline; an imperfect portrayal or representation of a thing.
  • n. The shadow or outlines of a figure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of adumbrating or making a shadow or faint resemblance.
  • n. Figuratively, a faint sketch; an imperfect representation; something that suggests by resemblance, or shadows forth; a foreshadowing.
  • n. In heraldry, the shadow only of a figure, outlined, and painted of a color darker than the field.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
  • n. a sketchy or imperfect or faint representation


From Latin adumbrātiōnem, from adumbrāre. (Wiktionary)



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  • His name's Ion. He's a dumb rat.

    September 25, 2011

  • Embarrassed, Dan slinks off into an [umbra.]

    September 25, 2011

  • Damn! That guy is creepy. Do you think he might be DJ Spooky?

    September 25, 2011

  • It’s peculiar that the same creepy guy from the umbrage page also appears here. (I apologize in advance on the off chance that he’s one of you creepy guys.) He’s not on the adumbrage page—I checked.

    September 25, 2011

  • I like the third meaning from the Century Dictionary: "In heraldry, the shadow only of a figure, outlined, and painted of a color darker than the field. Shadow, however, has no proper place in heraldry. It is a modern abuse."

    June 2, 2010