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outline

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of outline

  1. 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 Synonyms of outline contour, figure, silhouette Words Related to outline delineation, sketch; profile, skyline; cast, configuration, conformation, form, geometry, shape; framework, skeleton

  2. 2 a short statement of the main points a printed outline of the lecture has been made available for all attendees Synonyms of outline abstract, breviary, brief, capsule, conspectus, digest, encapsulation, epitome, inventory, summary, précis, recap, recapitulation, résumé (or resume also resumé), roundup, rundown, run-through, sum, summa, summarization, summing-up, sum-up, synopsis, wrap-upWords Related to outline abbreviation, abridgment (or abridgement), compend, compendium, condensation, curtailment, shortening; simplification, streamlining; rehash, reprise; conclusion, epilogue (also epilog)Near Antonyms of outline amplification, enlargement, expansion; addendum, supplement

Synonym Discussion of outline

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

outline

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of outline

  1. 1 to draw or make apparent the outline of she carefully outlined the tree before she started drawing in the leaves Synonyms of outline define, delineate, silhouette, sketch, trace Words Related to outline line; bound, fringe, margin, skirt; edge, hem, rim, trim; frame; circle, compass, encircle, girdle, girth, loop, ring, round, surround; chart, diagram, draw, map (out)

  2. 2 to make into a short statement of the main points (as of a report) outlined the important points in the introduction Synonyms of outline abstract, boil down, brief, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, summarize, recap, recapitulate, reprise, sum up, synopsize, wrap upWords Related to outline abridge, condense, curtail, cut back, shorten; downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; decoct, essentialize; simplify, streamlineNear Antonyms of outline elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; amplify, elaborate (on or upon), enlarge (on or upon), expand, supplement



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