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out·line

 (out′līn′)
n.
1. A line indicating the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure: could see the outlines of an animal in the dark.
2.
a. A style of drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.
b. A sketch done in this style.
3.
a. A summary of a text or subject, usually presented in headings and subheadings.
b. A preliminary draft or plan, as of a project or proposal.
tr.v. out·lined, out·lin·ing, out·lines
1. To draw or trace an outline of.
2. To display or accentuate the outline of: His face was outlined on the lampshade.
3. To give the main features or various aspects of; summarize: outlined the major provisions of the tax bill.
Synonyms: outline, contour, profile, silhouette
These nouns refer to a line that defines the boundary and shape of an object, mass, or figure: the outline of the mountains against the sunset; saw the island's contour from the airplane; a monarch's profile on an ancient coin; saw the dark silhouette of the family waving farewell.

outline

(ˈaʊtˌlaɪn)
n
1. a preliminary or schematic plan, draft, account, etc
2. (usually plural) the important features of an argument, theory, work, etc
3. the line by which an object or figure is or appears to be bounded
4. (Art Terms)
a. a drawing or manner of drawing consisting only of external lines
b. (as modifier): an outline map.
vb (tr)
5. (Art Terms) to draw or display the outline of
6. to give the main features or general idea of

out•line

(ˈaʊtˌlaɪn)

n., v. -lined, -lin•ing. n.
1. the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
2. a drawing restricted to line without shading or modeling of form.
3. a general account or report, indicating only the main features of a subject.
4. outlines, the essential features or main aspects of something under discussion.
v.t.
5. to draw the outline of, or draw in outline.
6. to indicate the main features of.
[1655–65]

outline

  • write - From Proto Germanic writanan, "tear, scratch."
  • curriculum, syllabus - A curriculum is a complete course of study offered by a school; a syllabus is the outline of a single course.
  • profile - Literally "draw in outline" or "shown by a thread," from Latin pro, "forth," and filum, "thread."
  • scarify - From Greek skariphasthai, "to scratch an outline," it now means "to break up the surface of."

outline


Past participle: outlined
Gerund: outlining

Imperative
outline
outline
Present
I outline
you outline
he/she/it outlines
we outline
you outline
they outline
Preterite
I outlined
you outlined
he/she/it outlined
we outlined
you outlined
they outlined
Present Continuous
I am outlining
you are outlining
he/she/it is outlining
we are outlining
you are outlining
they are outlining
Present Perfect
I have outlined
you have outlined
he/she/it has outlined
we have outlined
you have outlined
they have outlined
Past Continuous
I was outlining
you were outlining
he/she/it was outlining
we were outlining
you were outlining
they were outlining
Past Perfect
I had outlined
you had outlined
he/she/it had outlined
we had outlined
you had outlined
they had outlined
Future
I will outline
you will outline
he/she/it will outline
we will outline
you will outline
they will outline
Future Perfect
I will have outlined
you will have outlined
he/she/it will have outlined
we will have outlined
you will have outlined
they will have outlined
Future Continuous
I will be outlining
you will be outlining
he/she/it will be outlining
we will be outlining
you will be outlining
they will be outlining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been outlining
you have been outlining
he/she/it has been outlining
we have been outlining
you have been outlining
they have been outlining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been outlining
you will have been outlining
he/she/it will have been outlining
we will have been outlining
you will have been outlining
they will have been outlining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been outlining
you had been outlining
he/she/it had been outlining
we had been outlining
you had been outlining
they had been outlining
Conditional
I would outline
you would outline
he/she/it would outline
we would outline
you would outline
they would outline
Past Conditional
I would have outlined
you would have outlined
he/she/it would have outlined
we would have outlined
you would have outlined
they would have outlined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.outline - the line that appears to bound an objectoutline - the line that appears to bound an object
boundary, bounds, bound - the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
coastline - the outline of a coast
silhouette - an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)
skyline - the outline of objects seen against the sky
2.outline - a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theoryoutline - a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
summary, sum-up - a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form; "he gave a summary of the conclusions"
brief - a condensed written summary or abstract
apercu - a short synopsis
epitome - a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
3.outline - a schematic or preliminary plan
plan, program, programme - a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"
Verb1.outline - describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary ofoutline - describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"
describe, depict, draw - give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
block out - indicate roughly; "We sketched out our plan"
2.outline - draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
indite, pen, write, compose - produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
3.outline - trace the shape of
lipstick - form by tracing with lipstick; "The clown had lipsticked circles on his cheeks"
contour - form the contours of
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"

outline

verb
1. summarize, review, draft, plan, trace, sketch (in), sum up, encapsulate, delineate, rough out, adumbrate The methods outlined in this book are only suggestions.
2. silhouette, etch, delineate The building was a beautiful sight, outlined against the starry sky.
noun
2. draft, plan, drawing, frame, tracing, rough, framework, sketch, skeleton, layout, delineation, preliminary form an outline of a plan to reduce the country's national debt
3. shape, lines, form, figure, profile, silhouette, configuration, contour(s), delineation, lineament(s) He could see only the hazy outline of the trees.

outline

noun
1. A line marking and shaping the outer form of an object:
2. A preliminary plan or version, as of a written work:
verb
To draw up a preliminary plan or version of:
adumbrate, block in (or out), draft, rough in (or out), sketch.
Translations
تَلْخِيصٌشَكْل، رَسْم أوَّلي، خَط مُحيطيمُجْمَل، موجَز، لَمْحَه
nástinobrys
hovedtrækomridsskitseskitsere
yleiskuva
obris
körvonalaz
lÿsing í aîalatriîumteikna/lÿsa í grófum dráttumútlína
概要粗筋荒筋要旨輪郭
개요
apybraižanupiešti kontūrusnusakymas bendrais bruožaisnusakyti bendrais bruožaistrumpa apžvalga
ieskicētīsi izklāstītīss izklāstskontūra, aprise
načrtočrtosnutek
sammanfattning
คำอธิบายอย่างคร่าวๆ
özetözetlemekdış hatlardış hatlarını çizmek
đề cương

outline

[ˈaʊtlaɪn]
A. N
1. (= shape) → contorno m, perfil m
2. (= draft) [of book, film, plan, theory] → esbozo m, boceto m; (= summary) [of events, facts] → resumen m
parliament gave outline approval to the new lawel parlamento aprobó en principio el nuevo proyecto de ley
I'll give you the broad or general outline of what we mean to dote voy a explicar a grandes rasgos lo que pensamos hacer, te voy a resumir lo que pensamos hacer
in outline, the story goes like thisen resumen, la historia es así
B. VT
1. (= sketch) → esbozar, bosquejar; (= silhouette) → perfilar
the mountain was outlined against the skyla montaña se perfilaba or recortaba contra el cielo
she outlines her eyes with a dark pencilse perfila los ojos con un lápiz de ojos oscuro
2. (= summarize) [+ policy, situation, plan] → resumir, explicar a grandes rasgos
C. CPD outline drawing Nesbozo m, bosquejo m
outline planning permission N (Brit) (for building) → permiso m provisional de obras
outline sketch N = outline drawing

outline

[ˈaʊtlaɪn]
n
(= shape) → contours mpl
We could see the outline of the mountain in the mist → Nous distinguions les contours de la montagne dans la brume.
(= summary) → aperçu m
a brief outline → un bref aperçu
an outline of sth [+ plan, topic, idea] → un aperçu de qch
This is an outline of the plan → Voici un aperçu du projet.
vt (= explain) [+ idea, plan] → exposer
to be outlined against sth (= silhouetted) → se découper sur qch
modif [agreement, plan] → provisoire
An outline agreement has been reached → Un accord provisoire a été trouvé.

outline

n
(of objects)Umriss m; (= line itself)Umrisslinie f; (= silhouette)Silhouette f; (of face)Züge pl; he drew the outline of a header zeichnete einen Kopf im Umriss
(fig: = summary) → Grundriss m, → Abriss m; in (broad) outlinein großen or groben Zügen; just give (me) the broad outlinesumreißen or skizzieren Sie es (mir) grob; outlines of botanyAbriss mor Grundriss mor Grundzüge plder Botanik
(Shorthand) → Kürzel nt, → Sigel nt, → Sigle nt
attr outline drawingUmrisszeichnung f
vt
(= draw outer edge of)umreißen, den Umriss or die Umrisse zeichnen (+gen); the mountain was outlined against the skydie Umrisse des Berges zeichneten sich gegen den Himmel ab; she stood there outlined against the sunsetihre Silhouette zeichnete sich gegen die untergehende Sonne ab
(= give summary of)umreißen, skizzieren

outline

[ˈaʊtˌlaɪn]
1. n (of object) → contorno; (of face, building) → profilo; (summary, general idea) → abbozzo outlines nplaspetti mpl generali
give me the broad outline(s) → spiegamelo a grandi linee
2. vt (theory, plan, idea) → abbozzare; (book, event, facts) → descrivere a grandi linee
to be outlined against sth (in silhouette) → stagliarsi contro qc

outline

(ˈautlain) noun
1. the line forming, or showing, the outer edge of something. He drew the outline of the face first, then added the features.
2. a short description of the main details of a plan etc. Don't tell me the whole story, just give me an outline.
verb
to draw or give the outline of.

outline

تَلْخِيصٌ nástin skitse Umriss περίγραμμα contorno, descripción general yleiskuva aperçu obris profilo 概要 개요 schets omriss zarys esboço план sammanfattning คำอธิบายอย่างคร่าวๆ özet đề cương 大纲
References in classic literature ?
i know of only four published outlines of the great Sperm Whale; Colnett's, Huggins's, Frederick Cuvier's, and Beale's.
Still slower, until the dim outlines of a desolate beach grew visible.
The negro reined in his impatient steeds, and time was given Elizabeth to dwell on a scene which was so rapidly altering under the hands of man, that it only resembled in its outlines the picture she had so often studied with delight in childhood.
I have thought it not superfluous to give the outlines of this important portion of history; both because it teaches more than one lesson, and because, as a supplement to the outlines of the Achaean constitution, it emphatically illustrates the tendency of federal bodies rather to anarchy among the members, than to tyranny in the head.
As soon as twilight succeeded to sunset the flare of the couch-grass and cabbage-stalk fires began to light up the allotments fitfully, their outlines appearing and disappearing under the dense smoke as wafted by the wind.
The forest at the farthest extremity of the panorama seemed carved in some precious stone of a yellowish-green color; its undulating outline was silhouetted against the horizon and was pierced beyond Valuevo by the Smolensk highroad crowded with troops.
The eye caught the vast outline of those immense depressions inappropriately called "seas," but they could not recognize their nature.
The first purposes of every such book must be to outline the development of the literature with due regard to national life, and to give appreciative interpretation of the work of the most important authors.
277 E) that Sophocles followed the Epic Cycle closely in the plots of his plays, we may suppose that in outline the story corresponded closely to the history of Oedipus as it is found in the "Oedipus Tyrannus".
It was true that her profile was beautiful; it was extraordinary how English girls of that class had so often a perfection of outline which took your breath away, but it was as cold as marble; and the faint green of her delicate skin gave an impression of unhealthiness.
Once they saw his outline clearly, with his hands outstretched as if in appeal or entreaty.
There were certain outline illustrations in it, which were very good in the cold Flaxman manner, and helped largely to heighten the fascination of the poems for me.