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iconic Tweet Definition of iconic Like Definition of iconic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an icon.
iconography Tweet Definition of iconography Like Definition of iconography on Facebook
noun (plural iconographies)
  1. A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized genre of art
idealism Tweet Definition of idealism Like Definition of idealism on Facebook
noun
  1. The property of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
  2. (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.
ikebana Tweet Definition of ikebana Like Definition of ikebana on Facebook
noun
  1. Japanese flower arrangement.
illumination Tweet Definition of illumination Like Definition of illumination on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.
  2. festive, Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.
  3. adornment, Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See Illuminate, v. t., 3.
illustration Tweet Definition of illustration Like Definition of illustration on Facebook
noun
  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.
illustrator Tweet Definition of illustrator Like Definition of illustrator on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who draws pictures (especially illustrations in books or magazines)
Terry is one of the best illustrators of children's books in the country.
imbricate Tweet Definition of imbricate Like Definition of imbricate on Facebook
verb (imbricat, ing) (transitive and intransitive)
  1. to overlap in a regular pattern
adjective
  1. having regular overlapping edges; intertwined
impasto Tweet Definition of impasto Like Definition of impasto on Facebook
noun
  1. In painting, the use of a thick-bodied paint to create sizable peaks and crests in an image.
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intaglio Tweet Definition of intaglio Like Definition of intaglio on Facebook
noun
  1. a design or piece of art which is engraved or etched into something
  • 1973: On a wooden pub sign daringly taken, one daylight raid, by a drunken Bartley Gobbitch, across which still survives in the legend SNIPE AND SHAFT, Teddy Bloat is mincing bananas with a great isosceles knife " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
intarsia Tweet Definition of intarsia Like Definition of intarsia on Facebook
noun
  1. a decorative form of Italian wood inlaying
  2. a knitted design resembling a mosaic
isometric Tweet Definition of isometric Like Definition of isometric on Facebook
noun
  1. A line connecting isometric points.
adjective
  1. Of, or exhibiting equality in dimensions
  2. Of, or being a geometric system of three equal axes lying at right angles to each other (especially in crystallography).
  3. (physiology) Of or involving muscular contraction against resistance in which the length of the muscle remains the same
  4. (physics) (of a thermodynamic process) taking place at constant volume because of being confined by rigid boundaries

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