Definitions for outlineˈaʊtˌlaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

out•lineˈaʊtˌlaɪn(n.; v.)-lined, -lin•ing.

  1. (n.)the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.

  2. a drawing restricted to line without shading or modeling of form.

  3. a general account or report, indicating only the main features of a subject.

  4. outlines, the essential features or main aspects of something under discussion.

  5. (v.t.)to draw the outline of, or draw in outline.

  6. to indicate the main features of.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outline, lineation(noun)

    the line that appears to bound an object

  2. outline, synopsis, abstract, precis(noun)

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

  3. outline, schema, scheme(verb)

    a schematic or preliminary plan

  4. 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"

  5. draft, outline(verb)

    draw up an outline or sketch for something

    "draft a speech"

  6. delineate, limn, outline(verb)

    trace the shape of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. outline(noun)ˈaʊtˌlaɪn

    a description or report giving the main ideas but no detail

    She gave a brief outline of the plan.

  2. outlineˈaʊtˌlaɪn

    a line that shows the outer shape of sth

    In the dark, I could just see the outline of his head.

  3. outline(verb)ˈaʊtˌlaɪn

    to give an outline

    The document outlines the timetable for the peace talks.

  4. outlineˈaʊtˌlaɪn

    to draw a line around the outer edge of sth

    Outline the objects in red.


  1. outline(Noun)

    A line marking the boundary of an object figure.

  2. outline(Noun)

    The outer shape of an object or figure.

  3. outline(Noun)

    A sketch or drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.

  4. outline(Noun)

    A general description of some subject.

  5. outline(Noun)

    A statement summarizing the important points of a text.

  6. outline(Noun)

    A preliminary plan of a project.

  7. outline(Noun)

    A prose telling of a story intended to be turned into a screenplay; generally longer and more detailed than a treatment.

  8. outline(Verb)

    To draw an outline of something.

  9. outline(Verb)

    To summarize something.


  1. Outline

    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."


  1. Outline

    Outline builds public policy simulators for city and state governments.Formerly Politify

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'outline' in Nouns Frequency: #1856

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'outline' in Verbs Frequency: #586

Anagrams of outline

  1. lineout, line-out

  2. elution

  3. Line-out

  4. Lineout

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.

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