noun the line that appears to bound an object
noun a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
precis; synopsis; abstract.
noun a schematic or preliminary plan
verb describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
sketch the outline of the book
outline his ideas
verb draw up an outline or sketch for something
draft a speech
verb trace the shape of
(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.
Painters, by their outlines, colors, lights, and shadows, represent the same in their pictures.
Fig.: A sketch of any scheme; a preliminary or general indication of a plan, system, course of thought, etc.; as, the outline of a speech.
But that larger grief . . .
Is given in outline and no more.
Syn. -- Sketch; draught; delineation. See Sketch.
Out"line` transitive verb
imperfect & past participleOutlined ; present participle & verbal nounOutlining
To draw the outline of.
Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.