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History a payment in money, goods, or services made by a feudal tenant to his lord
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
1. To give a mechanical drawing, as in elevation, a more or less complete indication of shades and shadows; in ink, color, or other media.
2. To apply plaster directly to brick-work, stonework, tile, etc.; esp. to apply the first coat.
render, float, and set
Three-coat plastering executed directly on stone or brick.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
render(1) To make visible; to draw. The term render comes from the graphics world where a rendering is an artist's drawing of what a new structure would look like. In computer-aided design (CAD), a rendering is a particular view of a 3D model that has been converted into a realistic image. It includes basic lighting such as Gouraud shading as well as more sophisticated effects that simulate shadows, reflection and refraction. It may also include the application of textures to the surfaces. See Gouraud shading, Phong shading, texture mapping, ray tracing and rapid prototyping.
(2) To convert any coded content to the required format for display or printing. Although the term is typically used to refer to images, it may refer to any data. For example, an HTML page, which contains text and graphics, is said to be "rendered" when it is displayed. See browser engine.
|A Bentley Rendering|
|Photorealistic pictures require high-end rendering software. This drawing of downtown Philadelphia was rendered in MicroStation MasterPiece from Bentley Systems. (Image courtesy of Bentley Systems, Inc.)|
|A Pixar Rendering|
|Pixar's sophisticated RenderMan software was used to simulate water in this example. (Image courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios.)|
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