sketch


1sketch

noun \ˈskech\

: a quick, rough drawing that shows the main features of an object or scene

: a short description of something

: a short, funny performance

Full Definition of SKETCH

1
a :  a rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary study
b :  a tentative draft (as for a literary work)
2
:  a brief description (as of a person) or outline
3
a :  a short literary composition somewhat resembling the short story and the essay but intentionally slight in treatment, discursive in style, and familiar in tone
b :  a short instrumental composition usually for piano
c :  a slight theatrical piece having a single scene; especially :  a comic variety act

Examples of SKETCH

  1. He made a sketch of his house.
  2. He wrote up a sketch of the plot.
  3. There is a biographical sketch of the author on the book's back cover.

Origin of SKETCH

Dutch schets, from Italian schizzo, literally, splash, from schizzare to splash, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 1668

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

2sketch

verb

: to make a quick, rough drawing of (something)

: to describe (something) briefly

Full Definition of SKETCH

transitive verb
:  to make a sketch, rough draft, or outline of
intransitive verb
:  to draw or paint a sketch
sketch·er noun

Examples of SKETCH

  1. He sketched the trees outside his window.
  2. He likes to sit outside and sketch.
  3. She sketched the plan for us.

First Known Use of SKETCH

1694

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

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