What does outline mean?

Definitions for outline
ˈaʊtˌlaɪnout·line

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outline, lineationnoun

    the line that appears to bound an object

  2. outline, synopsis, abstract, precisnoun

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

  3. outline, schema, schemeverb

    a schematic or preliminary plan

  4. sketch, outline, adumbrateverb

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

    "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"

  5. draft, outlineverb

    draw up an outline or sketch for something

    "draft a speech"

  6. delineate, limn, outlineverb

    trace the shape of

Wiktionary

  1. outlinenoun

    A line marking the boundary of an object figure.

  2. outlinenoun

    The outer shape of an object or figure.

  3. outlinenoun

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

  4. outlinenoun

    A general description of some subject.

  5. outlinenoun

    A statement summarizing the important points of a text.

  6. outlinenoun

    A preliminary plan of a project.

  7. outlinenoun

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

  8. outlineverb

    To draw an outline of something.

  9. outlineverb

    To summarize something.

Freebase

  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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outline

    owt′līn, n. the outer line: the lines by which any figure is bounded: a sketch showing only the main lines: a draft: a set-line in fishing.—v.t. to draw the exterior line of: to delineate or sketch.—adj. Outlin′ear, like an outline.

CrunchBase

  1. Outline

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. outline

    Is the succession of lines that show the figure of the works, and indicate the direction in which the defensive masses are laid out, in order to obtain a proper defense.

  2. outline

    Is the succession of lines that show the figure of the works, and indicate the direction in which the defensive masses are laid out, in order to obtain a proper defense.

Editors Contribution

  1. outline

    A concise description using words.

    The member of government did outline the governmental strategy for local housing.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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  1. outline

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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 for outline »

  1. lineout, line-out

  2. elution

  3. Line-out

  4. Lineout

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outline in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of outline in a Sentence

  1. Russell Moore:

    They're looking for someone who will lead with justice for the common good ... which is one of the reasons why I'm not spending a lot of time asking politicians to outline for me their personal testimonies, which I think in the past has often led to politicians learning what evangelical testimonies sound like in order to win evangelical voters, that in and of itself is not an issue for me.

  2. William Strunk Jr., Elements of Style:

    Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

  3. Dan Blumenthal:

    The U.S. is moving in the right direction by more publicly engaging with Taiwan and supporting it. But it needs to bolster its deterrence against a PRC use of force, on Taiwan, the U.S. should engage the CCP in private diplomacy to outline the political and military costs it would face if it uses force against Taiwan. It should be told that there is no surer way to Taiwan de jure independence than CCP aggression.

  4. Nicky Grimaldi:

    Grimaldi explained. The X-ray revealed several figures, including the outline of what could be one of the three wise men. Also visible is the outline of a baby in a manger with a halo around its head. MASSIVE, 2,034-FOOT ASTEROID WILL ZOOM PAST EARTH JUST AFTER CHRISTMAS X-rays of a medieval painting revealed a Nativity scene that was painted over centuries ago. (Northumbria University and The Bowes Museum) It was common practice to apply gold leaf to these type[s] of religious paintings and in the x-ray, we can see that gold is present in the halo around the babys head.

  5. Yulia Tymoshenko:

    If we want to save this parliament ...then we have to outline together 10-15 categorical conditions that must be met before the formation of any coalition.

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Translations for outline

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  • الخطوط العريArabic
  • obrysCzech
  • Kontur, UmrissGerman
  • resumir, delinear, contorno, esbozoSpanish
  • yleiskuvaus, suuntaviivat, hahmotelma, ääriviiva, hahmotella, vetää yhteen, yhteenveto, juoniFinnish
  • ébauche, entourer, silhouette, résumé, esquisse, contour, aperçu, synopsisFrench
  • מתאר, תמצית, קו מתאר, תוואיHebrew
  • रूपरेखाHindi
  • körvonalaz, vázlat, körvonalHungarian
  • contornoItalian
  • 荒筋, 概略, 輪郭, 概要, あらまし, 外形, 要旨, 中抜き, 粗筋, 輪郭描写, 主旨Japanese
  • huaMāori
  • omtrekDutch
  • resumo, contornoPortuguese
  • очерчивать, очертание, набросок, описать, очертить, контур, описыватьRussian
  • kantlinje, konturSwedish
  • taslakTurkish

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