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Meaning of OUTLINE

Pronunciation:  'awt`lIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a schematic or preliminary plan
  2. [n]  a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  3. [n]  the line that appears to bound an object
  4. [v]  draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy"
  5. [v]  describe roughly or briefly; "sketch the outline of the book"
  6. [v]  make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  7. [v]  trace the shape of
  8. [v]  make a sketch of
  9. [v]  draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"

OUTLINE is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: abstract, adumbrate, chalk out, compose, delineate, delineate, describe, draft, draw, draw up, frame, limn, line, lineation, precis, rough, schema, scheme, sketch, sketch, synopsis, trace
 See Also: apercu, block out, bound, boundary, bounds, brief, circumscribe, coastline, compose, construct, contour, depict, describe, draw, draw, epitome, indite, inscribe, lipstick, mark, pen, plan, plan, program, programme, silhouette, skyline, summary, write, write



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Out"line`\, n.
       (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.
    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}.
  2. \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.
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