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Definition of illustration noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    illustration

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    NAmE//ˌɪləˈstreɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable] a drawing or picture in a book, magazine, etc., especially one that explains something 50 full-color illustrations
  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. Thesaurusexamplecase 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 (somewhat 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 a plant:The aquarium has some interesting specimens of tropical fish.illustration (somewhat 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 AWL Collocationsillustrateillustrate verbto explain or make something clear using examples, pictures, or diagramsamply best, nicely clearly, graphically, vividlyOne of the stories in the collection best illustrates Jefferson's feelings about his mother. This model vividly illustrates the impact of one individual's behavior on the spread of disease.importance point, concept, principle, thesis complexity, difficultyThese statistics illustrate two important points. A simple example will illustrate these concepts.attempt to serve to suffice toHe attempts to illustrate his argument through detailed discussions. Two examples should suffice to illustrate the scale of the problem.be intended toThe case studies are intended to illustrate a link between engineering and architecture.illustration nounan example that makes a point or an idea clearstriking, vivid classic graphicalThe community development process in Chile offers vivid illustrations of a number of issues raised in this paper.by way of ~A number of examples of strikes in different parts of the country are provided by way of illustration.for ~ purposesThe data are for illustration purposes only.
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