line drawing


: a drawing made in solid lines

Examples of line drawing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His simple line drawings—in contrast with painterly images more common to the times—and waggish humor also made way for the eerie and fanciful later work of William Steig and ultimately for the refinement of Saul Steinberg’s sharp wit. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2023 Floral line drawings—developed by Risso and inspired by the Marni archives—wind their way across the collection, whimsical doodles that could pass as flower studies by a particularly precocious child. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2023 But even en verso, the flaws are awfully minor; the way her black sewn thread captures expression, perspective, and the drape of fabric as well as any expert line drawing, left me a little dumbfounded. Globe Staff,, 24 Aug. 2023 This year’s round of line drawing has had two notable features, both bad: a drastic reduction in the number of competitive districts and the elimination of districts in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina in which Black or Latino voters made up the majority. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 All the works stem from an intricate line drawing of a face Michel made in 2016. Cate McQuaid,, 24 May 2023 The portraits are usually line drawings with colors backing them. Robert Boyd, Chron, 16 May 2023 With it, a user was able to interactively and in real time make line drawings on the computer’s CRT screen, using a light pen for direct input on the display. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr. 2023 Highlights include custom glass engraving, line drawing portraits, hair styling and tunes by a DJ, along with treats and shopping. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of line drawing was in 1891

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“Line drawing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

line drawing

: a drawing made in solid lines

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