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tr.v. de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
a. To draw or depict: "In black and white wash, he delineated the gnarled roots of a tree" (Sally Holmes Holtze).
b. To describe or characterize in words: "the specter of the bored and isolated housewife, which Friedan delineated so brilliantly" (Mary V. Dearborn).
a. To mark, form, or show the outline or border of: The police delineated the crime scene with yellow tape. A hedge delineates one plot of land from the other.
b. To establish the position of (a border): The treaty delineates the border between Spanish and American territory.
c. To show or contain a distinguishing characteristic of; distinguish: "The first game ... delineated the differences between the two teams" (Stuart Miller).

[Latin dēlīneāre, dēlīneāt- : dē-, de- + līnea, line, thread; see line1.]

de·lin′e·a′tion n.
de·lin′e·a′tive adj.
de·lin′e·a′tor n.
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Adj.1.delineated - represented accurately or precisely
undelineated - not represented accurately or precisely
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All imaginable lines and curves and figures were delineated over his whole body, and in their grotesque variety and infinite profusion I could only compare them to the crowded groupings of quaint patterns we sometimes see in costly pieces of lacework.
This picture is no fancy sketch; it is drawn from the most vivid recollections of the person delineated.
It was all general approbation and smoothness; nothing delineated or distinguished.
Willoughby was all that her fancy had delineated in that unhappy hour and in every brighter period, as capable of attaching her; and his behaviour declared his wishes to be in that respect as earnest, as his abilities were strong.
In the Abbe Tigrane, in Lucifer, and elsewhere, he has delineated, with wonderful power and patience, a strictly ecclesiastical portraiture--
My fertile pencil has delineated the characters I met with, at that period of my life, with a force and distinctness which my pen cannot hope to rival--has portrayed them all more or less prominently, with the one solitary exception of a prisoner called Gentleman Jones.
The experience of the past delineated with pitiless fidelity the dreary scene.
Or that his nature, being such as we have delineated, is akin to the highest good?
The imagination of my Julia is as pure as-- as " but turning her eyes from the countenance of Julia to that of the youth, rather suddenly, the animated pleasure she saw delineated in his expressive, though plain features, drove the remainder of the speech from her recollection.
FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Lacranvey Limited intends to apply under Article 48 of the said Order for an order specifying the part of the premises particularly delineated on the plan attached hereto as being suitable for functions such as are mentioned in Article 47(5) of the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, on the grounds that - (i) the part so delineated is structurally adapted and used or intended to be used for the purpose of providing for the accommodation of persons frequenting it substantial refreshment to which the sale of intoxicating liquor is ancillary, and (ii) suitable means of access to that part of the premises otherwise than through any other part of the premises which is used for the sale of intoxicating liquor, are available for customers.
An unnamed footpath 1.5m wide more particularly delineated by a bold black line on the Drawing running from point A on the Drawing (Grid reference 420680E 567405N) in a southerly direction for 350m to point B (Grid reference 420652E, 567090N).
The interim results of drafting of the agreement on Kyrgyz-Uzbek state borderline and suggestions of sides on delineated border sections were considered, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.