Definitions for: Outline


[n] a schematic or preliminary plan
[n] a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
[n] the line that appears to bound an object
[v] draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy"
[v] describe roughly or briefly; "sketch the outline of the book"
[v] make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
[v] trace the shape of
[v] make a sketch of
[v] draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"



Webster (1913) Definition: Out"line`, n.
1.
(a) The line which marks the outer limits of an object or
figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
(b) In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the
like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
(c) A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a
figure without shading.

Painters, by their outlines, colors, lights, and
shadows, represent the same in their pictures.
--Dryden.

2. Fig.: A sketch of any scheme; a preliminary or general
indication of a plan, system, course of thought, etc.; as,
the outline of a speech.

But that larger grief . . . Is given in outline and
no more. --Tennyson.

Syn: Sketch; draught; delineation. See Sketch.


Out"line`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Outlined; p. pr. &
vb. n. Outlining.]
1. To draw the outline of.

2. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; as, to
outline an argument or a campaign.

Synonyms: abstract, adumbrate, chalk out, compose, delineate, delineate, describe, draft, draw, draw up, frame, limn, line, lineation, precis, rough, schema, scheme, sketch, sketch, synopsis, trace

See Also: apercu, block out, bound, boundary, bounds, brief, circumscribe, coastline, compose, construct, contour, depict, describe, draw, draw, epitome, indite, inscribe, lipstick, mark, pen, plan, plan, program, programme, silhouette, skyline, summary, write, write

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