Definition of delineate
delineatorplay \di-ˈli-nē-ˌā-tər, dē-\ noun
Examples of delineate in a Sentence
He plants his skates millimeters outside the blue-tinted 44-square-foot arena that delineates the crease and refuses to budge … —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 21 May 2007
Screenwriter Christopher Hampton introduces a large gallery of characters, subtly delineating the unspoken class biases that will keep Robbie, for all his confidence, charm and Cambridge education, an outsider. —David Ansen, Newsweek, 10 Dec. 2007
So Madrid finally ordered Onís to cut the best deal he could. The resulting Transcontinental (or Adams-Onís) Treaty of 1819 ceded Florida to the United States and delineated the boundary between American and Spanish territory all the way to the Pacific Ocean … —Walter A. McDougall, Promised Land, Crusader State, 1997
Privacy plays a unique role in American law. Although considered a core value by most citizens, it is not explicitly delineated as a protected right by the U.S. Constitution. —Edward A. Cavazos et al., Cyberspace and the Law, 1994
The report clearly delineates the steps that must be taken.
The characters in the story were carefully delineated.
Recent Examples of delineate from the Web
Russia says maps delineating the zones should be ready by June 4.
This will typically entail the adoption of a new rule in which all of the fees and fines are delineated.
The same technology is used to delineate terrain from airplanes and detect speeding violations.
Every character, keenly delineated in dance and movement, is marvelously alive.
Multiple islands are zoned by use: preparing, cooking, entertaining, and storage, and delineated by changes in flooring material and height.
The three first-floor retail spaces—one is still available for lease—are delineated by 178 large, heavy pieces of glass that hang from the ceiling and fit together with bronze clips.
And Boring responds by delineating Harris's sexual behaviors: meeting with prostitutes, texting images of genitals back and forth with underage girls.
Just like any other bureaucracy, such groups have clearly delineated hierarchies, internal rules and divisions of responsibility.
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Origin and Etymology of delineate
Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare, from de- + linea line
First Known Use: 1559
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Definition of delineate for English Language Learners
: to clearly show or describe (something)
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