Outline meaning

outlīn
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.

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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.

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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.

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A line indicating the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure.

Could see the outlines of an animal in the dark.

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To give the main features or various aspects of; summarize.

Outlined the major provisions of the tax bill.

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To give or write an outline, or the main points, of.
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The outer shape of an object or figure.
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A sketch or drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.
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To draw or trace an outline of.
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A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
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To display or accentuate the outline of.

His face was outlined on the lampshade.

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A line bounding the limits of an object, showing its shape; contour line.
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A general plan without detail.
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A general description of some subject.
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(film industry) A prose telling of a story intended to be turned into a screenplay; generally longer and more detailed than a treatment.
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The outline of a speech.

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A sketch showing only the contours of an object without use of shading.
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A summary of a subject, consisting of a systematic listing of its most important points.
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To draw a profile of; draw in outline.
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A line marking the boundary of an object figure.
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To summarize something.

Wikipedia items featuring books usually outline them after giving their background.

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To draw an outline of something.
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Origin of outline