"to describe, to sketch," 1580s, from Latin adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in overview," past participle of adumbrare "to express (anything) in overview" (see adumbration). Indicating "to overshadow" is 1660s. Associated: Adumbrated; adumbrating.
describe roughly or quickly or supply the main points or summary of
- give understand
- To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to overview; to shadow forth.
- To overshadow; to shade.
(v. t.) To offer a faint shadow or small representation of; to overview; to shadow forth.
- (v. t.) To overshadow; to shade.