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sketch (sketches, present participle sketching; past and past participle sketched)

  1. (ambitransitive) To make a brief, basic drawing.
    I usually sketch with a pen rather than a pencil.
  2. (transitive) To describe briefly and with very few details.
    He sketched the accident, sticking to the facts as they had happened.
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sketch (plural sketches)

  1. A rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work, often consisting of a multitude of overlapping lines.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. […]. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. A rough design, plan, or draft, as a rough draft of a book.
  3. A brief description of a person or account of an incident; a general presentation or outline.
  4. A brief, light, or unfinished dramatic, musical, or literary work or idea; especially a short, often humorous or satirical scene or play, frequently as part of a revue or variety show, a skit
    1. a brief musical composition or theme, especially for the piano
    2. a brief, light, or informal literary composition, such as an essay or short story.
  5. (informal) An amusing person.
  6. (slang, Ireland) A lookout; vigilant watch for something.
    to keep sketch
  7. (UK) A humorous newspaper article summarizing political events, making heavy use of metaphor, paraphrase and caricature.
    • 1901, Sketch: A Journal of Art and Actuality
      A very capable journalist, he wrote the Parliamentary sketch for the Pall Mall and the Westminster Gazette for several years.
    • 1978, Robin Callender Smith, Press law, Sweet and Maxwell
      The Daily Telegraph sketch concentrated on the Bishop's attack and included rebutting remarks from Lord Longford, describing the attack as monumentally unfair because Mr. Cook could not reply.
    • 2012, Andrew Gimson, Boris: The Rise of Boris Johnson, Simon and Schuster ISBN 9780857207395
      Frank had won a reputation while writing the Times sketch as one of the wittiest writers and talkers in England.
  8. (category theory) A formal specification of a mathematical structure or a data type described in terms of a graph and diagrams (and cones (and cocones)) on it. It can be implemented by means of “models”, which are functors which are graph homomorphisms from the formal specification to categories such that the diagrams become commutative, the cones become limiting (i.e., products), the cocones become colimiting (i.e., sums).
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  • Russian: фельетон


  1. Sketchy, shady, questionable.

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