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Outline definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

OUT'LINE, n. Contour; the line by which a figure is defined; the exterior line.
OUT'LINE, v.t. To draw the exterior line; to delineate; to sketch.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the line that appears to bound an object [syn: outline, lineation]
2: a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory [syn: outline, synopsis, abstract, precis]
3: a schematic or preliminary plan [syn: outline, schema, scheme] v
1: describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas" [syn: sketch, outline, adumbrate]
2: draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech" [syn: draft, outline]
3: trace the shape of [syn: delineate, limn, outline]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1662 1. a. a line that marks the outer limits of an object or figure ; boundary b. shape 2. a. a style of drawing in which contours are marked without shading b. a sketch in outline 3. a. a condensed treatment of a particular subject <an outline of world history> b. a summary of a written work ; synopsis 4. a preliminary account of a project ; plan 5. a fishing line set out overnight Synonyms: outline, contour, profile, silhouette mean the line that bounds and gives form to something. outline applies to a line marking the outer limits or edges of a body or mass <traced the outline of his hand>. contour stresses the quality of an outline or a bounding surface as being smooth, jagged, curving, or sharply angled <a car with flowing contours>. profile suggests a varied and sharply defined outline against a lighter background <a portrait of her face in profile>. silhouette suggests a shape especially of a head or figure with all detail blacked out in shadow leaving only the outline clearly defined <photograph in silhouette against a bright sky>. II. transitive verb Date: circa 1790 1. to draw the outline of 2. to indicate the principal features or different parts of <outlined their responsibilities>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a rough draft of a diagram, plan, proposal, etc. 2 a a précis of a proposed novel, article, etc. b a verbal description of essential parts only; a summary. 3 a sketch containing only contour lines. 4 (in sing. or pl.) a lines enclosing or indicating an object (the outline of a shape under the blankets). b a contour. c an external boundary. 5 (in pl.) the main features or general principles (the outlines of a plan). 6 the representation of a word in shorthand. --v.tr. 1 draw or describe in outline. 2 mark the outline of. Phrases and idioms: in outline sketched or represented as an outline.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Outline 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Outline 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(outlines, outlining, outlined) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If you outline an idea or a plan, you explain it in a general way. The mayor outlined his plan to clean up the town's image... VERB: V n 2. An outline is a general explanation or description of something. Following is an outline of the survey findings... The proposals were given in outline by the Secretary of State. N-COUNT: also in N 3. You say that an object is outlined when you can see its general shape because there is light behind it. The Ritz was outlined against the lights up there... V-PASSIVE: be V-ed 4. The outline of something is its general shape, especially when it cannot be clearly seen. He could see only the hazy outline of the goalposts. N-COUNT: usu N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Contour. 2. Outline drawing. 3. Sketch, plan, draft, delineation, drawing, rough draft.

Moby Thesaurus

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