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Meaning of silhouette

sil•hou•ette

Pronunciation: (sil"-et'), [key]
— n., v., -et•ted, -et•ting.
—n.
  1. a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object, as a cutout or configurational drawing, uniformly filled in with black, esp. a black-paper, miniature cutout of the outlines of a famous person's face.
  2. the outline or general shape of something: the slim silhouette of a skyscraper.
  3. a dark image outlined against a lighter background.
—v.t.
  1. to show in or as if in a silhouette.
  2. to remove the background details from (a halftone cut) so as to produce an outline effect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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