Penumbra

Pe*num"bra

(?), n. [NL., fr. L. paene almost + umbra shade.] 1. An incomplete or partial shadow.
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2. (Astron.) The shadow cast, in an eclipse, where the light is partly, but not wholly, cut off by the intervening body; the space of partial illumination between the umbra, or perfect shadow, on all sides, and the full light. Sir I. Newton.
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The faint shade surrounding the dark central portion of a solar spot is also called the penumbra, and sometimes umbra.
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3. (Paint.) The part of a picture where the shade imperceptibly blends with the light.
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