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1. A line indicating the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure: could see the outlines of an animal in the dark.
a. A style of drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.
b. A sketch done in this style.
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.
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Adj.1.outlined - showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary; "hills defined against the evening sky"; "the setting sun showed the outlined figure of a man standing on the hill"
distinct - easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined; "a distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct fingerprints"
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References in classic literature ?
Above the Kolocha, in Borodino and on both sides of it, especially to the left where the Voyna flowing between its marshy banks falls into the Kolocha, a mist had spread which seemed to melt, to dissolve, and to become translucent when the brilliant sun appeared and magically colored and outlined everything.
On a half sheet of paper that he had in his pocket Philip made a sketch of her as she sat leaning over her book (she outlined the words with her lips as she read), and left it on the table when he went away.
Outside in the garden, with his figure outlined against the luminous square, there stood a man, his back to the road, his two hands upon the window ledge, and his body rather bent as though he were trying to peep in past the blind.
As he came to a little bridge across a dry ravine he saw the figure of a man standing upon it, clearly outlined against the gray background of a misty forest.
Pierre to Chateaubriand, from Chateaubriand to Victor Hugo; it has no doubt some obscure relationship to those pantheistic theories which have greatly occupied people's minds in many modern readings of philosophy; it makes as much difference between the modern and the earlier landscape art as there is between the roughly outlined masks of a Byzantine mosaic and a portrait by Reynolds or Romney.
And with their confidence we can carry through the large developments we have outlined to you."
On a colossal pedestal, the cliff, - motionless at the extreme edge of the capping rock and sharply outlined against the sky, - was an equestrian statue of impressive dignity.
(26) Using gas lamps to illuminate people's faces as the night encroaches, Poe strikingly outlined his figures with darkness.
ISI, an al-Qaeda affiliation in Iraq, outlined in its Strategic Plan to Improve the Political Position of the Islamic State of Iraq a lessons-learned approach to the insurgency, noted Marc Lynch, an Iraq analyst writing for Foreign Policy magazine, the United Press International reported.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenehi has outlined the key points he wants to see in Iran's next five-year plan that will start in another 14 months.