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outline

a. a drawing or manner of drawing consisting only of external lines
b. (as modifier): an outline map
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For the most part, the English and American whale draughtsmen seem entirely content with presenting the mechanical outline of things, such as the vacant profile of the whale; which, so far as picturesqueness of effect is concerned, is about tantamount to sketching the profile of a pyramid.
Suddenly I noticed that the circular westward outline of the sun had changed; that a concavity, a bay, had appeared in the curve.
As soon as she could discern the outline of the house--newly thatched with her money--it had all its old effect upon Tess's imagination.
The portion of the moon which the projectile was nearing was the northern hemisphere, that which the selenographic maps place below; for these maps are generally drawn after the outline given by the glasses, and we know that they reverse the objects.
Very distinctly as regards its outline, but quite indistinctly, indeed not at all, as regards the details inside the outline.
Well," said Sir Walter patiently, "what was the outline like?
No regular beauty pleases egotistical human beings so much as a softened and refined likeness of themselves; for this reason, fathers regard with complacency the lineaments of their daughters' faces, where frequently their own similitude is found flatteringly associated with softness of hue and delicacy of outline.
I turned; at my elbow stood a tall man, young, though probably five or six years older than I--in other respects of an appearance the opposite to common place; though just now, as I am not disposed to paint his portrait in detail, the reader must be content with the silhouette I have just thrown off; it was all I myself saw of him for the moment: I did not investigate the colour of his eyebrows, nor of his eyes either; I saw his stature, and the outline of his shape; I saw, too, his fastidious-looking RETROUSSE nose; these observations, few in number, and general in character (the last excepted), sufficed, for they enabled me to recognize him.
The face of the rider, turned slightly away, showed only an outline of temple and beard; he was looking downward to the bottom of the valley.
Having effected this, they will proceed to trace an outline of the constitution?
The most beautiful colours, laid on confusedly, will not give as much pleasure as the chalk outline of a portrait.
With its jagged outline it is like a Monseratt of the Pacific, and you may imagine that there Polynesian knights guard with strange rites mysteries unholy for men to know.