outline
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈaʊtlaɪn/
Noun

outline (plural outlines)

  1. A line marking the boundary of an object figure.
  2. The outer shape of an object or figure.
  3. A sketch or drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.
    • Painters, by their outlines, colours, lights, and shadows, represent the same in their pictures.
  4. A general description of some subject.
  5. A statement summarizing the important points of a text.
  6. A preliminary plan for a project.
    the outline of a speech
  7. (film industry) A prose telling of a story intended to be turned into a screenplay; generally longer and more detailed than a treatment.
  8. (fishing) A setline or trotline.
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outline (outlines, present participle outlining; past and past participle outlined)

  1. (transitive) To draw an outline of.
  2. (transitive) To summarize.
    Wikipedia items featuring books usually outline them after giving their background.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
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