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1 a line that traces the outer limits of an object or surface
  • place your hand on the paper and draw an outline around it

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2 a short statement of the main points
  • a printed outline of the lecture has been made available for all attendees

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Synonyms & Antonyms of outline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to draw or make apparent the outline of
  • she carefully outlined the tree before she started drawing in the leaves

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2 to make into a short statement of the main points (as of a report)
  • outlined the important points in the introduction

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outline, contour, profile, silhouette mean the line that bounds and gives form to something. outline applies to a line marking the outer limits or edges of a body or mass. traced the outline of his hand contour stresses the quality of an outline or a bounding surface as being smooth, jagged, curving, or sharply angled. a car with flowing contours profile suggests a varied and sharply defined outline against a lighter background. a portrait of her face in profile silhouette suggests a shape especially of a head or figure with all detail blacked out in shadow leaving only the outline clearly defined. photograph in silhouette against a bright sky

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The first known use of outline was in 1662

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“Outline.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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