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Definitions of outline

  1. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  2. describe roughly or briefly; " sketch the outline of the book"
  3. draw up the plans or basic details for; " frame a policy"
  4. make a mark or lines on a surface; " draw a line"; " trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  5. trace the shape of
  6. draw up an outline or sketch for something; " draft a speech"
  7. the line that appears to bound an object
  8. a schematic or preliminary plan
  9. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; " sketch the outline of the book"; " outline his ideas"
  10. make a sketch of; " sketch the building"
  11. To sketch; to delineate.
  12. The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
  13. In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
  14. A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a figure without shading.
  15. 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.
  16. To draw the outline of.
  17. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.
  18. The mark that shows the outer limits or shape of a figure; in drawing, a sketch which shows the shape of figures without light and shade; in writing or speaking, a first draft or sketch in words.
  19. To draw the limiting mark or edge of; to state the plan of in words.
  20. The outer or exterior line: the lines by which any figure is bounded: a sketch: a draft.
  21. To draw the exterior line of: to delineate or sketch.
  22. Boundary line of a figure; sketch; draft.
  23. To draw the outline of; sketch.
  24. The bordering line of a figure; a sketch giving only the chief lines.
  25. The line by which a figure is defined; first sketch.
  26. To draw the exterior line; to sketch.
  27. The line by which a figure is defined; the first sketch of a figure, or of a scheme or design.
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Quotes of outline

  1. I never do a full outline and if I did, I would not feel bound to it, because the view from inside a scene can be different from the view outside it. But neither do I just start writing and see what happens; I am far more disciplined than that. – Piers Anthony
  2. When you love a man, he becomes more than a body. His physical limbs expand, and his outline recedes, vanishes. He is rich and sweet and right. He is part of the world, the atmosphere, the blue sky and the blue water. – Gwendolyn Brooks
  3. Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology. – Jacques Derrida
  4. One guy wanted an outline of my foot. Another guy wanted locks of my hair. – Nicole Eggert
  5. The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance. – George Eliot
  6. I think that by following the route that I have tried to outline one gets into a much more interesting and productive series of questions than those that result from saying simply that Chinese don't like milk because they don't like milk. – Marvin Harris
  7. I always work from an outline so I know all the of the broad events and some of the finer details before I begin writing the book. – Mercedes Lackey
  8. Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate. – Vince Lombardi
  9. The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system. Its minor variations from writer to writer are not a matter of concern to this analysis. – Talcott Parsons
  10. The time I trust will come, perhaps within the lives of some of us, when the outline of this science will be clearly made out and generally recognised, when its nomenclature will be fixed, and its principles form a part of elementary instruction. – Nassau William Senior
  11. We propose in the following Treatise to give an outline of the Science which treats of the Nature, the Production, and the Distribution of Wealth. To that Science we give the name of Political Economy. – Nassau William Senior
  12. For the novels I wrote before selling anything, I didn't outline much. I had a vague idea of the story. – George Stephen

Usage examples for outline

  1. Diver's Rock stood out in its old rough outline till it cut off the west end of Shahweetah and seemed to shut up the channel of the river. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  2. There is a truly grand simplicity, to my mind, in the outline of his character, and a remarkable air of majesty in his poise and attitude. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  3. They fill in the outline that I had drawn by inference. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  4. Let me outline the situation. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  5. Then- the outline was not so clear. – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  6. He could have stood them off from above and kept the ladder clear with his revolver, but the alarm seemed general now- windows were opening, voices were calling to one another- from the windows across the street he must stand out in sharp outline against the sky. – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  7. On such days everything stands out in sharp outline – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  8. It may be given in general outline – Cuba, Old and New by Albert Gardner Robinson
  9. The blank metal was first struck by a die that formed the plain or floral border and cut the outline of the plate. – American Military Insignia 1800-1851 by J. Duncan Campbell
  10. We rise, and all, the distant and the near, Stands forth in sunny outline brave and clear. – Bible-Readings-for-the-Home-Circle by
  11. A very rapid glance we will throw over the general outline of his character. – Biographical Essays by Thomas de Quincey
  12. She gave no more than a bare outline of what she was going to do. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  13. Outline a scene for Nohant with four or five characters, we shall enjoy it. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  14. For your information, a brief outline is given of a few of the things they had discovered, of some of their adventures, and of what they had made, and why they were now far out in the wilderness. – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  15. Here it was that Edwin for the first time saw an outline of the wonderful Blue Mountain of which he had at Christmas time heard many weird and frightful legends. – The Poorhouse Waif and His Divine Teacher by Isabel C. Byrum
  16. He opened his eyes and saw the pointed ears, the outline of a coyote head between him and a dull gray sky, was able to recognize Nalik'ideyu. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  17. On the paper I then make a rough outline – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  18. I gave him a rough outline of the circumstances, but, in view of what the General had told me the night before, I said nothing about the mystery of the green ray. – The Mystery of the Green Ray by William Le Queux
  19. I recognized the outline of your hat. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  20. We therefore give a brief outline of some of the leading scientific principles which every housekeeper should understand and employ, in order to perform successfully one of her most important duties. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe