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de·lin·e·ate

 (dĭ-lĭn′ē-āt′)
tr.v. de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
1.
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).
2.
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.

delineate

(dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
2. to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
3. to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
[C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnea line1]
deˈlineable adj
deˌlineˈation n
deˈlineative adj

de•lin•e•ate

(dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to trace the outline of; represent pictorially.
2. to portray in words; describe with precision.
[1550–60; < Latin dēlīneātus, past participle of dēlīneāre=- de- + līneāre to mark with lines]
de•lin′e•a•ble (-ə bəl) adj.
de•lin′e•a`tor, n.

delineate


Past participle: delineated
Gerund: delineating

Imperative
delineate
delineate
Present
I delineate
you delineate
he/she/it delineates
we delineate
you delineate
they delineate
Preterite
I delineated
you delineated
he/she/it delineated
we delineated
you delineated
they delineated
Present Continuous
I am delineating
you are delineating
he/she/it is delineating
we are delineating
you are delineating
they are delineating
Present Perfect
I have delineated
you have delineated
he/she/it has delineated
we have delineated
you have delineated
they have delineated
Past Continuous
I was delineating
you were delineating
he/she/it was delineating
we were delineating
you were delineating
they were delineating
Past Perfect
I had delineated
you had delineated
he/she/it had delineated
we had delineated
you had delineated
they had delineated
Future
I will delineate
you will delineate
he/she/it will delineate
we will delineate
you will delineate
they will delineate
Future Perfect
I will have delineated
you will have delineated
he/she/it will have delineated
we will have delineated
you will have delineated
they will have delineated
Future Continuous
I will be delineating
you will be delineating
he/she/it will be delineating
we will be delineating
you will be delineating
they will be delineating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been delineating
you have been delineating
he/she/it has been delineating
we have been delineating
you have been delineating
they have been delineating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been delineating
you will have been delineating
he/she/it will have been delineating
we will have been delineating
you will have been delineating
they will have been delineating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been delineating
you had been delineating
he/she/it had been delineating
we had been delineating
you had been delineating
they had been delineating
Conditional
I would delineate
you would delineate
he/she/it would delineate
we would delineate
you would delineate
they would delineate
Past Conditional
I would have delineated
you would have delineated
he/she/it would have delineated
we would have delineated
you would have delineated
they would have delineated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.delineate - show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"
show - make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"
2.delineate - determine the essential quality of
determine - fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
redefine - give a new or different definition to; "She redefined his duties"
3.delineate - 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"
4.delineate - make a mark or lines on a surfacedelineate - make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
mark - make or leave a mark on; "the scouts marked the trail"; "ash marked the believers' foreheads"
construct - draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions; "construct an equilateral triangle"
inscribe - draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
circumscribe - draw a line around; "He drew a circle around the points"
circumscribe - to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
draw - engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
write - mark or trace on a surface; "The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper"; "Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"
5.delineate - describe in vivid detail
describe, depict, draw - give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
Adj.1.delineate - represented accurately or precisely

delineate

verb
1. outline, describe, draw, picture, paint, chart, trace, portray, sketch, render, depict, characterize, map out The relationship between Church and State was delineated in a formal agreement.
2. determine, define, chart, map out a settlement to delineate the border

delineate

verb
To present a lifelike image of:
Translations

delineate

[dɪˈlɪnɪeɪt] VT
1. (= draw) [+ outline] → delinear, trazar
2. (= describe) [+ character] → describir, pintar; [+ plans] → trazar
3. (= delimit) → definir

delineate

[dɪˈlɪnieɪt] vt
(= define) → définir
(= depict) [+ person, situation] → décrire
(= draw) [+ line] → tracer, esquisser; [+ border] → définir

delineate

vt (= draw)skizzieren; boundary, bordereinzeichnen; (= describe)beschreiben, darstellen

delineate

[dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt] vt (frm) → delineare
References in classic literature ?
In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.
But quitting all these unprofessional attempts, let us glance at those pictures of leviathan purporting to be sober, scientific delineations, by those who know.
This rigid adhesion to truth, an indispensable requisite in history and travels, destroys the charm of fiction; for all that is necessary to be conveyed to the mind by the latter had better be done by delineations of principles, and of characters in their classes, than by a too fastidious attention to originals.
When we pass from the works of nature, in which all the delineations are perfectly accurate, and appear to be otherwise only from the imperfection of the eye which surveys them, to the institutions of man, in which the obscurity arises as well from the object itself as from the organ by which it is contemplated, we must perceive the necessity of moderating still further our expectations and hopes from the efforts of human sagacity.
However far he may venture in a more full detail of passions and feelings, than is to be found in the ancient compositions which he imitates, he must introduce nothing inconsistent with the manners of the age; his knights, squires, grooms, and yeomen, may be more fully drawn than in the hard, dry delineations of an ancient illuminated manuscript, but the character and costume of the age must remain inviolate; they must be the same figures, drawn by a better pencil, or, to speak more modestly, executed in an age when the principles of art were better understood.
I take the imputation in good part, as a compliment to the just delineation of my female characters; and though I am bound to attribute much of the severity of my censors to this suspicion, I make no effort to refute it, because, in my own mind, I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.
It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda"; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.
This can never be tied down by such strict rules, either in the delineation of the offense by the prosecutors, or in the construction of it by the judges, as in common cases serve to limit the discretion of courts in favor of personal security.
What that mental attitude was capable of, in the way of an elegant, yet plain-spoken, and life-like delineation of men's moods and manners, as also in the way of determining those moods and manners themselves to all that was lively, unaffected, and harmonious, can be seen nowhere better than in Mr.
The delineation of Socrates in the Republic is not wholly consistent.
Long Ghost, next to Captain Ahab in 'Moby Dick,' is Melville's most striking delineation.
We will not wring the public bosom, with the delineation of such suffering!