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Outline meaning

outline - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; " sketch the outline of the book"; " outline his ideas"
  2. 2. The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
  3. 3. In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
  4. 4. A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a figure without shading.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To draw the outline of.
  7. 7. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.
  8. 8. Boundary line of a figure; sketch; draft.
  9. 9. To draw the outline of; sketch.

outline - examples of usage

  1. A chimney seems a simple matter, and yet the aspect of a house from a distance much depends upon its outline. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. Nearer, nearer, nearer, came both the dim outline of the Mexican coast and the white sails of the pursuing Portsmouth. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
  3. Of course it does not give details, but it presents you with a wonderfully accurate outline of the cut of a person's identity. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
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