Il`lus*tra"tion (?), n. [L. illustratio: cf. F. illustration.]

1.

The act of illustrating; the act of making clear and distinct; education; also, the state of being illustrated, or of being made clear and distinct.

2.

That which illustrates; a comparison or example intended to make clear or apprehensible, or to remove obscurity.

3.

A picture designed to decorate a volume or elucidate a literary work.

 

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