de·​lin·​ea·​tion | \ di-ˌli-nē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce delineation (audio) , dē- \

Definition of delineation

1 : the act of outlining or representing something with lines or words : the act of delineating the delineation of a scene … the delineation of the territories allotted to the seven tribes of Israel …— Adam Nicholson
2 : something made by delineating a photographic delineation of low life— T. S. Eliot

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delineative \ di-​ˈli-​nē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce delineation (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective

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Examples of delineation in a Sentence

his simple but striking delineations of Dutch landscapes a finely wrought delineation of a young woman's first experience with romantic love
Recent Examples on the Web As Tess traverses the street, Hardy sketches a broader cultural path: from an older era when a rough delineation of hours sufficed to an age when even inches of land are precisely measured and appraised. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Little wonder so many people have been doing close to that over the last 18 months as the pandemic dissolved the normal delineation between work and home life. Dr Margie Warrell, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But any religious bent was occasional, as most of the songs blended into a pastiche of distorted sound with no true delineation where one stopped and another started. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Yes, the massacres will live up to the expectations of a blood-thirsty audience, but their intellectual cravings couldn't possibly be quenched by a simplistic delineation between 'only good' and 'only evil'. Joey Nolfi,, 9 Sep. 2021 Typically that is a delineation for a team forecast to at least make it to the conference finals. Ira Winderman,, 30 Aug. 2021 The current timeline includes detailed engineering beginning this month with design field services (soil boring, surveying, wetlands delineation) taking place in the fall. John Benson, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2021 And if executed correctly, does there even need to be that delineation? Mary Juetten, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Although the macOS laptop line-up is in flux with the move away from Intel processors to Apple’s own silicon, there has been a clear delineation between ‘low’ MacBook Pro and ‘high’ MacBook Pro laptops evident in the catalogue. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of delineation

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delineation

borrowed from Late Latin dēlīneātiōn-, dēlīneātiō "description," from Latin dēlīneāre "to trace the outline of, delineate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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The first known use of delineation was in 1570

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19 Oct 2021

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“Delineation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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