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  • adj. irradiated by light, lit
  • adj. decorated and illustrated.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of illuminate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. rendered luminous by rays of light striking and reflecting; -- used especially of illumination by artificial light.
  • adj. Adorned with pictorial or graphical designs, as a book or page with borders, initial letters, or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

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  • adj. provided with artificial light


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  • The term 'illuminated' refers to handpainted manuscripts flecked with gold, which created a flickering effect when viewed by candlelight. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • When I arrived with Mr and Mrs Drummond many of the company were there; the garden was what they called illuminated, that is, every gooseberry-bush had one variegated lamp suspended above the centre; and, as Mr Tomkins told me afterwards, the lamps were red and yellow, according to the fruit they bore.

    Jacob Faithful

  • Both of these contain illuminated initials in which Saint John is dressed as a bishop (as he appeared in Kathrin's dream) celebrating Mass.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • This depiction, often sculptural as the Vesperbilder usually were but sometimes painted or illuminated, is based on the biblical passages describing the Last Supper.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • In ordinary daylight, a cup made of the glass appeared green, but then it glowed ruby when illuminated from the inside.

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  • Usually it refers to some small, original version of a much larger thing (Wisconsin's welfare program was said to be the homunculus version of the federal Welfare Reform Act of 1996; Iceland's ancient parliament, the Althing, is the homunculus version of Congress), but it can also mean someone who resembles the homunculi depicted in illuminated treatises.

    Never Mind

  • Written in illuminated Latin, with informal marginalia in Greek, the Codex bore the signature of Udo himself.

    The Mandelbrot Monk

  • And when, at last, our guides and servants, mounting to pinnacles and jutting points, and many a frieze and coigne of vantage, placed blue lights on them all, and at the word illuminated all together, there was redoubled bedlam in that abode of Hecate, and the eternal calm of the Boodh became awful.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859

  • These Virtues were to advance together, to recite his praises, and finally to encircle his bust with garlands of flowers and laurels; behind which a transparency might be inserted, representing the princely Hat, and his name illuminated on it.

    Chapter VI. Book III

  • Profusely illustrated and bound in illuminated cloth.

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  • In printing, used to describe a manuscript or book that has been decorated with colors and with liquid gold or silver; often seen in incunabula.

    Here's a detail from a 12th-century illuminated manuscript known as the Aberdeen Bestiary.

    February 25, 2008