Definitions for outlineˈaʊtˌlaɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
out•lineˈaʊtˌlaɪn(n.; v.)-lined, -lin•ing.
(n.)the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
a drawing restricted to line without shading or modeling of form.
a general account or report, indicating only the main features of a subject.
outlines, the essential features or main aspects of something under discussion.
(v.t.)to draw the outline of, or draw in outline.
to indicate the main features of.
Origin of outline:
the line that appears to bound an object
outline, synopsis, abstract, precis(noun)
a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
outline, schema, scheme(verb)
a schematic or preliminary plan
sketch, outline, adumbrate(verb)
describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
"sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"
draw up an outline or sketch for something
"draft a speech"
delineate, limn, outline(verb)
trace the shape of
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a description or report giving the main ideas but no detail
She gave a brief outline of the plan.
a line that shows the outer shape of sth
In the dark, I could just see the outline of his head.
to give an outline
The document outlines the timetable for the peace talks.
to draw a line around the outer edge of sth
Outline the objects in red.
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.
A prose telling of a story intended to be turned into a screenplay; generally longer and more detailed than a treatment.
To draw an outline of something.
To summarize something.
An outline, also called an hierarchical outline, is a list arranged to show hierarchical relationships and is a type of tree structure. It is used to present the main points or topics of a given subject, often used as a rough draft or summary of the content of a document. Writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, such as Jon Franklin, may use outlines to establish plot sequence, character development and dramatic flow of a story, sometimes in conjunction with free writing. Merriam-Webster's manual for writers and editors recommends that the section headings of an article should, when read in isolation, combine to form an outline of the article content. Garson distinguishes a 'standard outline', presented as a regular table of contents from a refined tree-like 'hierarchical outline', stating that "such an outline might be appropriate, for instance, when the purpose is taxonomic. ... hierarchical outlines are rare in quantitative writing, and the researcher is well advised to stick to the standard outline unless there are compelling reasons not to."
Outline builds public policy simulators for city and state governments.Formerly Politify
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'outline' in Nouns Frequency: #1856
Rank popularity for the word 'outline' in Verbs Frequency: #586
Translations for outline
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the line forming, or showing, the outer edge of something
He drew the outline of the face first, then added the features.
- شَكْل، رَسْم أوَّلي، خَط مُحيطيArabic
- contornoPortuguese (BR)
- der UmrißGerman
- contorno, siluetaSpanish
- برون نما؛ طرح کلیFarsi
- קַו חִיצוֹןHebrew
- garis luarIndonesian
- 윤곽, 외형Korean
- kontūra, apriseLatvian
- garis bentukMalay
- برون نما؛ طرح کلیPersian
- ټوليزه طرحPashto
- dış hatlarTurkish
- 輪廓Chinese (Trad.)
- обрис, контурUkrainian
- phác thảoVietnamese
- 轮廓Chinese (Simp.)
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