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OUTLINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does outline mean? 

OUTLINE (noun)
  The noun OUTLINE has 3 senses:

1. the line that appears to bound an object
2. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
3. a schematic or preliminary plan

  Familiarity information: OUTLINE used as a noun is uncommon.


OUTLINE (verb)
  The verb OUTLINE has 3 senses:

1. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
2. draw up an outline or sketch for something
3. trace the shape of

  Familiarity information: OUTLINE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OUTLINE (noun)


Sense 1outline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The line that appears to bound an object

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

outline; lineation

Hypernyms ("outline" is a kind of...):

bound; boundary; bounds (the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "outline"):

coastline (the outline of a coast)

silhouette (an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow))

skyline (the outline of objects seen against the sky)


Sense 2outline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

precis; synopsis; abstract; outline

Hypernyms ("outline" is a kind of...):

sum-up; summary (a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "outline"):

brief (a condensed written summary or abstract)

apercu (a short synopsis)

epitome (a brief abstract (as of an article or book))


Sense 3outline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A schematic or preliminary plan

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

schema; outline; scheme

Hypernyms ("outline" is a kind of...):

plan; program; programme (a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished)


OUTLINE (verb)


Sense 1outline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

adumbrate; outline; sketch

Context examples:

sketch the outline of the book / outline his ideas

Hypernyms (to "outline" is one way to...):

depict; describe; draw (give a description of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "outline"):

block out (indicate roughly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2outline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw up an outline or sketch for something

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

draft; outline

Context example:

draft a speech

Hypernyms (to "outline" is one way to...):

compose; indite; pen; write (produce a literary work)

Domain category:

authorship; composition; penning; writing (the act of creating written works)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he outline his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 3outline [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Trace the shape of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

limn; delineate; outline

Hypernyms (to "outline" is one way to...):

draw (represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "outline"):

lipstick (form by tracing with lipstick)

contour (form the contours of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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