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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DELINEATE, v.t. [L. A line.]
1. To draw the lines which exhibit the form of a thing; to mark out with lines; to make a draught; to sketch or design; as, to delineate the form of the earth, or a diagram.
2. To paint; to represent in picture; to draw a likeness of; as, to delineate Nestor like Adonis, or time with Absaloms head.
3. Figuratively, to describe; to represent to the mind or understanding; to exhibit a likeness in words;as, to delineate the character of Newton, or the virtue of Aristides.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: represented accurately or precisely [syn: delineated, represented, delineate] [ant: undelineated] v
1: show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object" [syn: define, delineate]
2: determine the essential quality of [syn: specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate]
3: trace the shape of [syn: delineate, limn, outline]
4: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line, describe, delineate]
5: describe in vivid detail

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (-eated; -eating) Etymology: Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare, from de- + linea line Date: 1559 1. a. to indicate or represent by drawn or painted lines b. to mark the outline of <lights delineating the narrow streets> 2. to describe, portray, or set forth with accuracy or in detail <delineate a character in the story> <delineate the steps to be taken by the government> delineator noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. portray by drawing etc. or in words (delineated her character). Derivatives: delineation n. delineator n. Etymology: L delineare delineat- (as DE-, lineare f. linea line)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Delineate De*lin"e*ate, a. [L. delineatus, p. p. of delineare to delineate; de- + lineare to draw, fr. linea line. See Line.] Delineated; portrayed. [R.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Delineate De*lin"e*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delineated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delineating.] 1. To indicate by lines drawn in the form or figure of; to represent by sketch, design, or diagram; to sketch out; to portray; to picture; in drawing and engraving, to represent in lines, as with the pen, pencil, or graver; hence, to represent with accuracy and minuteness. See Delineation. Adventurous to delineate nature's form. --Akenside. 2. To portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe. Customs or habits delineated with great accuracy. --Walpole.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(delineates, delineating, delineated) 1. If you delineate something such as an idea or situation, you describe it or define it, often in a lot of detail. (FORMAL) Biography must to some extent delineate characters... VERB: V n 2. If you delineate a border, you say exactly where it is going to be. (FORMAL) ...an agreement to delineate the border. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Design, sketch, figure, draw, represent by outlines. 2. Describe, portray, depict, picture, paint, set forth.

Moby Thesaurus

block in, block out, brief, bring to life, cartoon, catch a likeness, chalk, chalk out, character, characterize, charcoal, chart, color, contour, copy, crayon, crosshatch, dash off, daub, define, depict, describe, design, diagram, doodle, draft, draw, etch, evoke, express, give words to, hatch, hit off, image, interpret, limn, line, map, notate, outline, paint, paint a picture, pencil, picture, picturize, plan, portray, print, profile, register, render, represent, rough in, rough out, rub, schematize, scratch, scumble, set forth, shade, silhouette, sketch, stencil, symbolize, take a rubbing, tint, trace, trace out, trace over, write

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