Outline

Definition of Outline

Out´line`
n.1.The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
Painters, by their outlines, colors, lights, and shadows, represent the same in their pictures.
- Dryden.
2.Fig.: A sketch of any scheme; a preliminary or general indication of a plan, system, discourse, course of thought, etc.; as, the outline of a speech.
But that larger grief . . .
Is given in outline and no more.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To draw the outline of.
[imp. & p. p. Outlined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Outlining.]
2.Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; to create a general framework of (a plan, system, discourse, course of thought), for which the details need to be added; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.

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