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as in: as illustrated by this example Define
to help make clear -- typically by example
  • Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
  • This example will help illustrate my point

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  • This diagram illustrates the relationships I’ve mentioned.
  • A pie chart showing expense by category would be illustrative.
  • "It sort of floated toward me," said Ron, illustrating the movement with his free index finger, "right to my chest, and then — it just went straight through."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • ...and is whipped for being hard to please! I have an abundance of such illustrations of the same principle, drawn from my own observation, but think the cases I have cited sufficient.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • To believe in things that you cannot. Let me illustrate. I heard once of...
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I asked to explain more fully, so that I might not by any chance mislead him, so he said, "I shall illustrate."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The result of this lowering was somewhat illustrative of that sagacious saying in the Fishery,—the more whales the less fish.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The chief objection to them is, that the diligent narrator may lack space, or (what is often the same thing) may not be able to think of them with any degree of particularity, though he may have a philosophical confidence that if known they would be illustrative.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch

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  • With this unexpected speech, energetically delivered and accompanied by action illustrative of the various exercises referred to, Phil Squod shoulders his way round three sides of the gallery, and abruptly tacking off at his commander, makes a butt at him with his head, intended to express devotion to his service.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The matter looked dreary reading enough, with illustrative diagrams and repulsive tables of figures, and the copy was sixty years old.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • This anecdote, so strikingly illustrative of the opulence of milliners, was not received with any great demonstration of feeling, inasmuch as Kate hung down her head while it was relating, and Ralph manifested very intelligible symptoms of extreme impatience.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • And then he made a great many other remarks, no less illustrative of his humility, which were received with equal favour and applause, and were, withal, as original and as much to the purpose, as the remarks of great men commonly are.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Somewhere in the middle of these three illustrative points, Mrs. Glass had left off listening and sat down.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • It was about this time that the newspapers and magazines were beginning to pay that illustrative attention to the beauties of the stage which has since become fervid.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The illustrative strings and the orange stick representing the poles seemed so real that even to this day the mere mention of temperate zone suggests a series of twine circles; and I believe that if any one should set about it he could convince me that white bears actually climb the North Pole.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Swann, who really liked Saniette, felt bound to supply him with a few facts illustrative of the Duke’s culture, which would prove that such ignorance on his part was literally impossible; but suddenly he stopped short; he had realised, as he was speaking, that Saniette needed no proof, but knew already that the story was untrue for the simple reason that he had at that moment invented it.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Sir William Dobbin had a great opinion of his son and narrated many stories illustrative of the Major’s learning, valour, and estimation in the world’s opinion.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • ") There, Levy says, like is not intended to introduce a literal, verbatim quotation, but an illustrative example, letting her "offer a stereotypical response for her brother."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The editor, confronted with the two stories given above, threw his pledge to the winds, and, instead of returning the article, printed it with the illustrative examples omitted, and nothing left but the argument from political principles against the Censorship.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Yet before winding up with the concluding events, I may mention some interesting facts illustrative of our exact position at the time these took place.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Many more examples could have been mentioned as illustrative of similar conduct under similar circumstances.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • This was according to a custom, old probably as the day of the race of Orestes—a custom, by the way, worthy of study as a marvel of history, illustrative of the absurd yet appalling extremities to which men frequently suffer their follies to drag them.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • [ cited cases and gave illustrative examples from the past.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Too filled with nervous energy to keep still, he had begun to stride about the grassy clearing, making illustrative gestures with an imaginary sword.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • To illustrate the effect of slavery on the white man,—to show that he has no powers of endurance, in such a condition, superior to those of his black brother,—DANIEL O’CONNELL, the distinguished advocate of universal emancipation, and the mightiest champion of prostrate but not conquered Ireland, relates the following anecdote...
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Soon after my arrival, I was told of a circumstance which illustrated their spirit.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Now in the present case Erskine contended that the examples of the whale and the lady were reciprocally illustrative of each other.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • CHAPTER 42 Illustrative of the convivial Sentiment, that the best of Friends must sometimes part The pavement of Snow Hill had been baking and frying all day in the heat, and the twain Saracens’ heads guarding the entrance to the hostelry of whose name and sign they are the duplicate presentments, looked—or seemed, in the eyes of jaded and footsore passers-by, to look—more vicious than usual, after blistering and scorching in the sun, when, in one of the inn’s smallest sitting-rooms,…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "The ceremony of to-day," continues Sir Leicester, "strikingly illustrative of the respect in which my deceased friend"—he lays a stress upon the word, for death levels all distinctions—"was held by the flower of the land, has, I say, aggravated the shock I have received from this most horrible and audacious crime.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The truth is that she was but a poor illustrative instance of the prophet Baruch’s sly definition: "The virgin that loveth to go gay."
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
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as in: an illustrated children's book Define
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
  • I write and illustrate children’s books.
  • The directions to assemble it have accompanying illustrations that identify each part.

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  • The magazine is called "Sports Illustrated" because of the photos.
  • She was dressed to play golf, and I remember thinking she looked like a good illustration, her chin raised a little jauntily, her hair the color of an autumn leaf, her face the same brown tint as the fingerless glove on her knee.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Some of the potions had effects almost too gruesome to think about, and there were some very unpleasant illustrations, which included a man who seemed to have been turned inside out and a witch sprouting several extra pairs of arms out of her head.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Many months later, he would also paint over the cover of that book and give it a new title, after one of the stories he would write and illustrate inside it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "Someone asked me to write a children’s book, with illustrations of animals," Ruth said.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • She used to be a children’s-book illustrator.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • ’But I’ve lots of illustrated papers left.’ He turned to the pile of papers in the corner and took up a heap six inches thick.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • This was in 1916, before the country had become wholesome and sterile, and the Brevoort was a tumult of French uniforms, caviar, Louis, dangling neckties, Nuits St. Georges, illustrators, Grand Marnier, British Intelligence officers, brokers, conversation, and Martell, V.O. "It’s a fine crazy bunch," said Martin.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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  • This altogether admirable tradition rules the vaudeville stage, facetious illustrators, and syndicated newspaper humor, but out of actual life it passed forty years ago.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He was also a good illustrator, and he drew the pictures for his own books.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Back at two o’clock in the Roi George corridor the beauty of Nicole had been to the beauty of Rosemary as the beauty of Leonardo’s girl was to that of the girl of an illustrator.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I lent them to an exhibition of old children’s books in Genoa: a lavishly illustrated special edition, a copy with a signed dedication by the illustrator, and the two copies that belonged to my own children with all their scribbled comments — I always asked them to mark the bits they liked best — and finally my own personal copy.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Newspaper correspondents and reporters and illustrators from such distant cities as Buffalo, Rochester, Chicago, New York and Boston, were already arriving as everybody knew or saw, to either interview or make sketches or take photos of Clyde, Mason, the surviving members of the Alden family, et cetera, while locally Mason was the recipient of undiluted praise, even the Democratic voters in the county joining with the Republicans in assuring each other that Mason was all right, that he…
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Even the sea, a band of navy blue at night or turquoise at noon, was the unmistakable creation of a compassionate illustrator, and fit tightly within the intarsia of fields and sky polished by a weightless fume of silver light.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • There is a pen-and-ink drawing on page eleven by her father, an illustrator for the magazine: a view of the North Calcutta skyline sketched from the roof of their flat one foggy January morning.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • I was in college, Lori had become an illustrator at a comic-book company, Maureen lived with Lori and went to high school, and Brian, who had wanted to be a cop ever since he’d had to call a policeman to our house in Phoenix to break up a fight between Mom and Dad, had become a warehouse foreman and was serving on the auxiliary force until he was old enough to take the police department’s entrance exam.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • His real name was Herman Sluring; Pickwick was the name Betsie and I used between ourselves because he looked so incredibly like the illustrator’s drawing in our copy of Dickens.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
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  • As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "Merely to the illustration of your character," said she, endeavouring to shake off her gravity.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • The trade signs (and they were almost as many as the shops) were, all, grim illustrations of Want.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Willoughby thought the same; and their behaviour at all times, was an illustration of their opinions.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • How delightfully poor Coavinses (father of these charming children) illustrated the same principle!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I had just finished an essay called Down with Government by the Greyhaired; and I was full of arguments and illustrations.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • But the mature cases all illustrate the Shakespearian law.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • This fact is interesting, as illustrating the secret connection and sympathy which always exist between great minds.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • What a novel illustration of the tender laws of England!
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I remember how jubilant Markham was at securing a new photograph of the planet for the illustrated paper he edited in those days.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds

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  • Go into the sitting room, Anne—be sure your feet are clean and don’t let any flies in—and bring me out the illustrated card that’s on the mantelpiece.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • It lent itself to Sunday-supplement illustrations of girls leaping into rivers, their skirts flaring well above their knees.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Last night, for example, Margot was reading a book with beautiful illustrations; she got up and put the book aside for later.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • This sentence clearly illustrates that she’s not exactly what you’d call modest!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • "The others are illustrated," he said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • This, too, was illustrated by a rather bad cartoon; in fact, Harry would not have known it was supposed to be Sirius if it hadn’t been captioned.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Now that we had spending money, we bought the illustrated paperbacks with their gaudy pictures.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Poems had been written to illustrate this point.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • I had believed without question his illustrations of the good which came of following the Founder’s path.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Each to him was a triumph of logic and mechanics, and nature as a whole was an exceptionally fine illustration of science.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The illustration was good: the questions were aiming at facts, and the official Inquiry was being held in the police court of an Eastern port.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I opened it to find a beautifully illustrated limited edition of The Rubajyat of Omar Khayyam, with the text printed in English, French, and Farsi.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I do not blame you, for you have given an apt illustration of the statement I just made.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "McBryde has an illustrated bird book," he said dejectedly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • A picture from an illustrated weekly was upon the log walls, and three rifles were paralleled on pegs.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • What Plato was illustrating in the Myth of the Cave is the philosopher’s road from shadowy images to the true ideas behind all natural phenomena.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • An example from the kitchen illustrates the same thing.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • ~~A couple of present-day examples can perhaps illustrate Anaxagoras’ line of thinking.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Everything Miss Sullivan taught me she illustrated by a beautiful story or a poem.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Pictures were hung on the walls, drawings tacked up—sometimes illustrations cut out from magazines and often changed.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • No illustrations throwing light—
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Just at that point, to illustrate his story, out came his arm.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • And in other ways I have had many illustrations of its having been of use in what I have a right to call the darkest period of the Republic.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • Illustrated magazines go everywhere in these days.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He grinned again, and illustrated by bringing his two huge hands together.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • I opened the box and found a brand new Shahnamah, a hardback with glossy colored illustrations beneath the passages.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "He’s like those pictures in the Illustrated London News of the English officers who have been killed," Amory had said to Alec.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • A great genius among us will illustrate this matter fully.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Your Kentuckian of the present day is a good illustration of the doctrine of transmitted instincts and pecularities.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • This was fully illustrated by the life upon our own plantation.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • My case will illustrate that of hundreds of thousands of black people in every part of our country.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • These serving maids illustrate why I had trouble telling the players without a program.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • This is all a part of the moving illustration drawn by his computer according to specifications coming down the fiber-optic cable.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • What Saphira just did illustrates my earlier point: there is much you don’t know.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • When we got into the gym, Coach Nunley was sitting at his little desk reading Sports Illustrated.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • But it’s a very powerful illustration of the way our minds work.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Kemp illustrated the tactics of the powerful town of Targos in his own mannerisms.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • He had written and illustrated it himself, he said.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • There weren’t many illustrations, but the first letter of each chapter was itself a little decorative picture.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The right-hand page had an illustration on it, showing women in magnificent dresses, a fire-eater, acrobats, and a man who looked like a king.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
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