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illustrate
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Moby Dick
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as in: as illustrated by this example Define
to help make clear -- typically by example
  • The result of this lowering was somewhat illustrative of that sagacious saying in the Fishery,—the more whales the less fish.
  • Now in the present case Erskine contended that the examples of the whale and the lady were reciprocally illustrative of each other.

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  • Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
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  • By itself this sufficiently illustrates the obvious fact I drive at.
  • A significant illustration of the fact, again and again repeated in this book, that the skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body.

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  • But I must be content with only one more and a concluding illustration; a remarkable and most significant one, by which you will not fail to see, that not only is the most marvellous event in this book corroborated by plain facts of the present day, but that these marvels (like all marvels) are mere repetitions of the ages; so that for the millionth time we say amen with Solomon—Verily there is nothing new under the sun.
  • In the course of the defence, the witty Erskine went on to illustrate his position, by alluding to a recent crim. con. case, wherein a gentleman, after in vain trying to bridle his wife’s viciousness, had at last abandoned her upon the seas of life; but in the course of years, repenting of that step, he instituted an action to recover possession of her.

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as in: as illustrated by this example Define
to help make clear -- typically by example
as in: an illustrated children's book Define
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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