outline


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Outline \Out"line`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Outlined; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Outlining.]
   1. To draw the outline of.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Outline \Out"line`\, n.
   1.
      (a) The line which marks the outer limits of an object or
          figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
      (b) In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the
          like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
      (c) A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a
          figure without shading.
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                Painters, by their outlines, colors, lights, and
                shadows, represent the same in their pictures.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   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.
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            But that larger grief . . .
            Is given in outline and no more.      --Tennyson.
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   Syn: Sketch; draught; delineation. See Sketch.
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