Definition of Outline:

  1. Boundary or the shape of an object.

  2. A line or set of lines enclosing or indicating the shape of an object in a sketch or diagram.

  3. List of the main points of a document or plan, itemized in the sequence they appear in the text or in a logical order. Usually each main point has nested under it one or more sub points which may have their own (sub) sub points, and so on.

  4. Draw, trace, or define the outer edge or shape of (something).

  5. A general description or plan giving the essential features of something but not the detail.

  6. Give a summary of (something).

Synonyms of Outline

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How to use Outline in a sentence?

  1. An outline of the theory of evolution.
  2. Before I began writing my story, I wrote a quick outline that would detail how the story would progress and what actions would take place.
  3. She outlined the case briefly.
  4. Tonight president Barack Obama will outline his plans to reduce student loan debt, with his Obama Student Debt Forgiveness act.
  5. Her large eyes were darkly outlined with eyeliner.
  6. When writing a novel some people prefer to dive straight in and let it flow out, while others prefer to have a clear plan and direction and write an outline.
  7. Fill in the outlines with color.

Meaning of Outline & Outline Definition