1 [U] illustrating or being illustrated 作插图; 图解; 图示; 示例; 举例说明
*the art of book illustration 书籍的插图艺术
* Illustration is often more useful than definition for showing what words mean. 用图解或示例解释词义往往比用定义解释更清楚.
2 [C] drawing, diagram or picture in a book, magazine, etc 书或杂志上的图画、图表、照片
*colour illustrations 彩色插图.
3 [C] example used to explain sth （说明某事物用的）示例, 实例, 例证.
a picture in a book, article etc, especially one that helps you to understand it
The book contains 62 pages of illustrations.
[U and C]
a story, event, action etc that shows the truth or existence of something very clearly
a striking illustration of 19th century attitudes to women
For the purposes of illustration, some of the more important symptoms are listed below.
the act or process of illustrating something
1. The case is an illustration of some of the delicate cultural issues the company faces as it gets ready to open its theme park 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Paris in five months' time. 迪斯尼公司正准备五个月后在巴黎以东20英里（32公里）的地方修建一个主题公园，而这一案子正说明了公司面临的一些文化方面的棘手问题。
2. A recent article in a weekly newspaper, for instance, was headed with a striking illustration of a lady in a state of considerable distress, 例如，最近一家周报刊登了一篇文章，文章上方有一幅引人注目的插图，是一位表情沮丧的女子。