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Meaning of outline by Wiktionary Dictionary


    An outline of an ankylosaurus.


    out +‎ line


    • IPA: /ˈaʊtlaɪn/, X-SAMPA: /"aUtlaIn/

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Explanation of outline by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

    2. sketch the outline of the book
      outline his ideas
    3. trace the shape of

    4. draw up an outline or sketch for something

    1. a schematic or preliminary plan

    2. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

    3. the line that appears to bound an object

    Definition of outline by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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”.