Definitions for: Sketch

[n] preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several studies before starting to paint"
[n] short descriptive summary (of events)
[n] a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
[n] a brief literary description
[v] describe roughly or briefly; "sketch the outline of the book"
[v] make a sketch of

Webster (1913) Definition: Sketch, n. [D. schets, fr. It. schizzo a sketch, a
splash (whence also F. esquisse; cf. Esquisse.); cf. It.
schizzare to splash, to sketch.]
An outline or general delineation of anything; a first rough
or incomplete draught or plan of any design; especially, in
the fine arts, such a representation of an object or scene as
serves the artist's purpose by recording its chief features;
also, a preliminary study for an original work.

Syn: Outline; delineation; draught; plan; design.

Usage: Sketch, Outline, Delineation. An outline gives
only the bounding lines of some scene or picture. A
sketch fills up the outline in part, giving broad
touches, by which an imperfect idea may be conveyed. A
delineation goes further, carrying out the more
striking features of the picture, and going so much
into detail as to furnish a clear conception of the
whole. Figuratively, we may speak of the outlines of a
plan, of a work, of a project, etc., which serve as a
basis on which the subordinate parts are formed, or of
sketches of countries, characters, manners, etc.,
which give us a general idea of the things described.

Sketch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sketched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sketching.] [Cf D. schetsen, It. schizzare. See Sketch,
1. To draw the outline or chief features of; to make a rought

2. To plan or describe by giving the principal points or
ideas of.

Syn: To delineate; design; draught; depict.

Sketch, v. i.
To make sketches, as of landscapes.

Synonyms: adumbrate, cartoon, chalk out, outline, outline, resume, study, survey, vignette

See Also: block out, cartoon strip, comic strip, depict, describe, description, design, draft, draw, draw, drawing, humor, humour, publication, rough drawing, strip, summary, vignette, wit, witticism, wittiness

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