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Definition of outline:

  1. A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a figure without shading.
  2. Fig.: A sketch of any scheme; a preliminary or general indication of a plan, system, course of thought, etc.; as, the outline of a speech.
  3. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.
  4. In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
  5. The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
  6. To draw the outline of.

Synonyms:

round-up, mark out, trace, adumbrate, interpretation, brief, blueprint, sum, synopsis, enlist, encapsulate, draft, argument, mark, analysis, carve, specify, gloss, rundown, shape, rough, delimit, chalk out, frame, intimate, limn, roundup, generalize, surface, run-through, dodge, strategy, define, line, delimitate, clarification, rough out, summarization, circle, words, axis, describe, insinuate, boil down, summa, abstract, inventory, recap, compose, aspect, abstraction, wrap-up, precis, scheme, summarize, instruction, inclined plane, muster in, appearance, delineate, lineation, sketch, explanation, compend, dodging, diagonal, report, summing-up, planned, account, encapsulation, formation, curvature, draw, chord, draw up, horizontal, conspectus, draught, recapitulation, system, streak, sum-up, theory, capsule, footprint, diameter, breviary, engrave, imprint, abbreviation, principle, arc, schema, adumbrate.

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