delineation

noun de·lin·ea·tion \ -ˌli-nē-ˈā-shən \

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

delineative

play \-ˈli-nē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of delineation in a Sentence

  1. his simple but striking delineations of Dutch landscapes

  2. a finely wrought delineation of a young woman's first experience with romantic love

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