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Noun: outline  'awt,lIn
  1. The line that appears to bound an object
    - lineation
     
  2. A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
    - synopsis, abstract, précis, rundown
     
  3. A schematic or preliminary plan
    - schema, scheme
Verb: outline  'awt,lIn
  1. Describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
    "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas";
    - sketch, adumbrate
     
  2. Draw up an outline or sketch for something
    "outline a speech";
    - draft
     
  3. Trace the shape of
    - delineate, limn

Derived forms: outlined, outlining, outlines

Type of: bound, boundary, bounds, compose, depict, describe, draw, indite [archaic], pen, plan, program, programme [Brit, Cdn], summary, sum-up, write

Encyclopedia: Outline