- Outline is defined as a short or abbreviated version of something.
- An example of an outline is the list of topics to be covered in the report.
- An example of an outline is the notes on cards for a speech.
- The definition of an outline is the drawn edge of a shape or image.
An example of an outline is the taped outline of a body in a crime scene.
- To outline is to summarize the main points or to draw the outer edge of something.
- An example of to outline is to write the important details of a planned novel before you write it.
- An example of to outline is trace the shape of the cat before filling in the details in a painting.
The taped outline of a body at a crime scene.
outline definition by Webster's New World
- a line bounding the limits of an object, showing its shape; contour line
- a sketch showing only the contours of an object without use of shading
- a general plan without detail
- a summary of a subject, consisting of a systematic listing of its most important points
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- outliner noun
outline definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A line marking the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure.b. The shape of an object or figure.
- a. A style of drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.b. A sketch done in this style.
- a. A general description covering the main points of a subject: an outline of American literature.b. A statement summarizing the important points of a text.c. A summary of a written work or speech, usually analyzed in headings and subheadings.
- A preliminary draft or plan, as of a project or proposal.
- To draw an outline of.
- To display or accentuate the outline of.
- To give the main features or various aspects of; summarize: outlined the major provisions of the tax bill.