Definition of illustration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    illustration

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    BrE BrE//ˌɪləˈstreɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪləˈstreɪʃn//
     
    Artwork and techniques, Parts of a book
     
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  1. 1[countable] a drawing or picture in a book, magazine, etc. especially one that explains something 50 full-colour illustrations See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Parts of a book
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of illustrating something the art of book illustration
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a story, an event or an example that clearly shows the truth about something The statistics are a clear illustration of the point I am trying to make Let me, by way of illustration, quote from one of her poems. Synonymsexamplecase instance specimen illustrationThese are all words for a thing or situation that is typical of a particular group or set, and is sometimes used to support an argument.example something such as an object, a fact or a situation that shows, explains or supports what you say; a thing that is typical of or represents a particular group or set:Can you give me an example of what you mean?case a particular situation or a situation of a particular type; a situation that relates to a particular person or thing:In some cases people have had to wait several weeks for an appointment.instance (rather formal) a particular situation or a situation of a particular type:The report highlights a number of instances of injustice.specimen an example of something, especially an animal or plant:The aquarium has some interesting specimens of unusual tropical fish.illustration (rather formal) a story, an event or an example that clearly shows the truth about something:The statistics are a clear illustration of the point I am trying to make.example or illustration? An illustration is often used to show that something is true. An example is used to help to explain something.Patterns a(n) example/​case/​instance/​specimen/​illustration of something in a particular case/​instance for example/​instance
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘illumination; spiritual or intellectual enlightenment’): via Old French from Latin illustratio(n-), from the verb illustrare, from in- ‘upon’ + lustrare ‘illuminate’. Extra examplesAs an illustration of this point, I’m going to tell you a true story. Chicago serves as an illustration of the problems faced by such cities. Explain the policy of détente and provide some illustrations of how it worked in practice. He quoted several famous writers by way of illustration. His illustrations have appeared in the pages of numerous publications. I will use one recent example as an illustration. It was a textbook illustration of the way the UN works. Let us take a very simple illustration. The clear, lively illustrations are in full colour. The kite is assembled as shown in the illustration. These events are a graphic illustration of the fact that their promises cannot be trusted. These figures are for illustration purposes only. We then present an empirical illustration of these points. a wonderful book with full-page illustrations the illustrations accompanying the text the new Inca map, with a detailed illustration of ancient Machu Picchu Let me, by way of illustration, quote from one of her poems. The book has 50 full-colour illustrations. The illustration on page 10 shows the layout of the area. The statistics are a clear illustration of the point I am trying to make.
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