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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. trace the shape of
  5. draw up an outline or sketch for something; " draft a speech"
  6. the line that appears to bound an object
  7. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; " sketch the outline of the book"; " outline his ideas"
  8. To sketch; to delineate.
  9. The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
  10. In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
  11. A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a figure without shading.
  12. 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.
  13. To draw the outline of.
  14. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.
  15. 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.
  16. To draw the limiting mark or edge of; to state the plan of in words.
  17. The outer or exterior line: the lines by which any figure is bounded: a sketch: a draft.
  18. To draw the exterior line of: to delineate or sketch.
  19. Boundary line of a figure; sketch; draft.
  20. To draw the outline of; sketch.
  21. The bordering line of a figure; a sketch giving only the chief lines.
  22. The line by which a figure is defined; first sketch.
  23. To draw the exterior line; to sketch.
  24. The line by which a figure is defined; the first sketch of a figure, or of a scheme or design.
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Usage examples for outline

  1. 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
  2. We rise, and all, the distant and the near, Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear. – Bible-Readings-for-the-Home-Circle by
  3. 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
  4. They fill in the outline that I had drawn by inference. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. I recognized the outline of your hat. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  8. 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
  9. A very rapid glance we will throw over the general outline of his character. – Biographical Essays by Thomas de Quincey
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. It may be given in general outline. – Cuba, Old and New by Albert Gardner Robinson
  14. 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
  15. On the paper I then make a rough outline. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  16. 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
  17. She gave no more than a bare outline of what she was going to do. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  18. Then- the outline was not so clear. – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  19. Let me outline the situation. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  20. On such days everything stands out in sharp outline. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
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