Meaning of outline by Wiktionary Dictionary
- IPA: /ˈaʊtlaɪn/, X-SAMPA: /"aUtlaIn/
- A line marking the boundary of an object figure .
- The outer shape of an object or figure .
- A sketch or drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading .
- A general description of some subject .
- A statement summarizing the important points of a text .
- A preliminary plan of a project .
- ( film industry ) A prose telling of a story intended to be turned into a screenplay; generally longer and more detailed than a treatment .
- Outline n.
1. The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour. In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated. 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, discourse, 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.
- Outline, 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; to create a general framework of ( a plan, system, discourse, course of thought ), for which the details need to be added; as, “to outline an argument or a campaign”.
out + line
Explanation of outline by Wordnet Dictionary
Definition of outline by GCIDE Dictionary