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outline

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noun out·line \ˈau̇t-ˌlīn\

Simple Definition of outline

  • : a drawing or picture that shows only the shape of an object

  • : a style of drawing in which only the outer edges of an object are shown

  • : a line that is drawn around the edges of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outline

  1. 1 a :  a line that marks the outer limits of an object or figure :  boundary b :  shape

  2. 2 a :  a style of drawing in which contours are marked without shading b :  a sketch in outline

  3. 3 a :  a condensed treatment of a particular subject <an outline of world history> b :  a summary of a written work :  synopsis

  4. 4 :  a preliminary account of a project :  plan

  5. 5 :  a fishing line set out overnight

Examples of outline in a sentence

  1. The pictures were drawn in outline and then filled in with color.

  2. The leaves etched into the vase have a gold outline.

  3. Organize your essay by writing an outline in which you state your main idea followed by your supporting points.

  4. a brief outline of American history

  5. Her speech was written in outline on note cards.



1662

First Known Use of outline

1662

Synonym Discussion of outline

outline, contour, profile, silhouette mean the line that bounds and gives form to something. outline applies to a line marking the outer limits or edges of a body or mass <traced the outline of his hand>. contour stresses the quality of an outline or a bounding surface as being smooth, jagged, curving, or sharply angled <a car with flowing contours>. profile suggests a varied and sharply defined outline against a lighter background <a portrait of her face in profile>. silhouette suggests a shape especially of a head or figure with all detail blacked out in shadow leaving only the outline clearly defined <photograph in silhouette against a bright sky>.

Rhymes with outline

A-line, affine, airline, align, alkyne, alpine, assign, at sign, balkline, baseline, beeline, benign, bloodline, blue line, blush wine, bovine, bowline, branchline, breadline, bright-line, buntline, bustline, byline, call sign, canine, caprine, carbine, carmine, cervine, chow line, clothesline, cloud nine, coastline, combine, compline, condign, confine, consign, corvine, cosign, cutline, dateline, deadline, decline, define, design, divine, dragline, driveline, earthshine, Einstein, eiswein, end line, enshrine, entwine, equine, ethyne, fall line, fault line, feline, ferine, first-line, flatline, flight line, foul line, fräulein, frontline, front line, goal line, gold mine, grapevine, guideline, hairline, hard-line, hard pine, headline, hemline, high sign, hipline, Holbein, hotline, ice wine, incline, indign, in fine, in-line, Irvine, jawline, jug wine, landline, land mine, lang syne, lifeline, load line, longline, lupine, mainline, main line, malign, midline, moline, moonshine, neckline, off-line, old-line, online, opine, outshine, ovine, Pauline, peace sign, Petrine, pipeline, piscine, pitch pine, plotline, plumb line, plus sign, pontine, porcine, potline, pound sign, propine, punch line, rapine, recline, redline, red pine, refine, reline, repine, resign, Rhine wine, ridgeline, roofline, Sabine, saline, Scotch pine, scrub pine, setline, shoreline, short line, sideline, sight line, skyline, snow line, soft-line, spring line, straight-line, strandline, straw wine, streamline, strip mine, strychnine, subline, sunshine, supine, syncline, taurine, tie-line, times sign, topline, touchline, towline, tramline, trapline, tree line, trephine, trotline, truckline, trunk line, tumpline, turbine, untwine, ursine, vespine, V sign, vulpine, waistline, white line, white pine, white wine, woodbine, yard line, zebrine, Z line


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outline

verb out·line

Simple Definition of outline

  • : to draw a line around the edges of (something)

  • : to list or describe only the most important parts of (an essay, speech, plan, etc.) : to give an outline of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outline

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw the outline of

  3. 2 :  to indicate the principal features or different parts of <outlined their responsibilities>

Examples of outline in a sentence

  1. The President outlined his agenda for the next term.

  2. The book outlines the major events of the country's history.

  3. All players must follow the rules outlined above.



Circa 1790

First Known Use of outline

circa 1790


OUTLINE Defined for Kids

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outline

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noun out·line \ˈau̇t-ˌlīn\

Definition of outline for Students

  1. 1 :  a line that traces or forms the outer limits of an object or figure and shows its shape

  2. 2 :  a drawing or picture or style of drawing in which only the outer edges of an object or figure are shown <outlines of animals>

  3. 3 :  an often numbered or lettered list of the important parts of something (as an essay)

  4. 4 :  a short treatment of a subject <an outline of world history>




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outline

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verb out·line

Definition of outline for Students

outlinedoutlining

  1. 1 :  to draw or trace the outer edges of <Outline the circle in gold.>

  2. 2 :  to list or describe the main features or parts of <… Mother went on outlining her plans for the storeroom. — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>





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