outline

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. profile, tracing, tracery; bounds, boundary; edge, circumference, perimeter; [rough] sketch, plan, blueprint, schematic, scheme, drawing, draft; synopsis, summary, résumé; diagram, chart, map. —v. t. sketch; diagram; model, block in, plan; boil down, summarize, trace, draw, depict, delimit, design, picture, demonstrate. See appearance, description, shortness, form.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A skeletonized plan]
Syn. frame, skeleton, framework; see plan 1 , sketch 1 .
2. [A preliminary plan]
Syn. sketch, drawing, draft; see plan 2 .
3. [The line surrounding an object; often plural ]
Syn. contour, edge, side, boundary; see edge 1 , frame 3 .
4. [A shape seen in outline]
Syn. silhouette, profile, contour, form, configuration, shape, figure, formation, lineament, aspect, appearance, representation, footprint; see also form 1 .
See Synonym Study at form . Syn.- outline is used of the line bounding the limits of an object and showing its shape [ the sketch shows only the outline of the skyscrapers ] ; contour , specifically applied to the configuration of a land mass, in general use stresses the shape of an object or mass as determined by its outline [ the irregular contours of the building ] ; profile is used of the outline or contour of the face in a side view or of the outline of any object as it is seen against a background [ the profile of the trees against the sky ] ; silhouette applies to a profile portrait, esp. of the head and usually in solid black, or it may be used of any dark shape seen against a light background [ the silhouette of a house against the moonlight ] v.
1. [To draw]
Syn. sketch, paint, describe; see draw 2 .
2. [To plan]
Syn. rough out, block out, draft, sketch; see plan 2 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. profile form, configuration, shape, contour, silhouette, figure.
2. synopsis breakdown, *rundown, plan, draft, framework, rough draft, sketch, *thumbnail sketch.
II
v.
rough out, sketch, delineate, summarize, draft, abstract, synopsize, frame.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A line marking and shaping the outer form of an object: contour, delineation, profile, silhouette. See EDGE, SURFACE. 2. A preliminary plan or version, as of a written work: draft, rough, skeleton, sketch. See PLANNED, WORDS. II verb To draw up a preliminary plan or version of: adumbrate, block in (or out), draft, rough in (or out), sketch. See PLANNED.

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