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 for Outline
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Outline \Out"line`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Outlined; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Outlining.]
     1. To draw the outline of.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; to
        create a general framework of (a plan, system, discourse,
        course of thought), for which the details need to be
        added; as, to outline an argument or a campaign.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Outline \Out"line`\, n.
        (a) The line which marks the outer limits of an object or
            figure; the exterior line or edge; contour.
        (b) In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the
            like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated.
        (c) A sketch composed of such lines; the delineation of a
            figure without shading.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Painters, by their outlines, colors, lights, and
                  shadows, represent the same in their pictures.
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     2. Fig.: A sketch of any scheme; a preliminary or general
        indication of a plan, system, discourse, course of
        thought, etc.; as, the outline of a speech.
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              But that larger grief . . .
              Is given in outline and no more.      --Tennyson.
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     Syn: Sketch; draught; delineation. See Sketch.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the line that appears to bound an object [syn: outline,
      2: a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
         [syn: outline, synopsis, abstract, precis]
      3: a schematic or preliminary plan [syn: outline, schema,
      v 1: describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or
           summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his
           ideas" [syn: sketch, outline, adumbrate]
      2: draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"
         [syn: draft, outline]
      3: trace the shape of [syn: delineate, limn, outline]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  240 Moby Thesaurus words for "outline":
     abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridge, abridgment, abstract,
     adumbrate, adumbration, alphabet, article, basics, block in,
     block out, blueprint, border, bound, boundaries, boundary, bounds,
     bourns, brief, bring to life, broad lines, brouillon, capsule,
     capsulize, cartoon, catalog, catalogue raisonne, causerie,
     chalk out, character, characterize, chart, circumference,
     circumscription, compass, compend, condensation, condense,
     condensed version, configuration, confines, conformation,
     conspectus, contour, coordinates, copy, cortex, covering, crust,
     define, delineate, delineation, depict, descant, describe, design,
     detail, diagram, digest, discourse, discussion, disquisition,
     dissertation, draft, draw, drawing, ebauche, echo, edge, edges,
     elements, elevation, enumerate, envelope, epidermis, epitome,
     esquisse, essay, etude, evoke, examination, excursus, exposition,
     express, exterior, external, facade, face, facet, feature,
     features, figuration, figure, first approach, first principles,
     first steps, footprint, form, framework, fringe, fringes, front,
     galbe, gestalt, give words to, grammar, graph, ground plan, head,
     hem, homily, hornbook, house plan, ichnography, induction,
     integument, introductory study, itemize, lay out, layout,
     limitations, limits, limn, line, lineaments, lineation, lines,
     lucubration, main features, marches, margin, memoir, metes,
     metes and bounds, monograph, morceau, note, number, nutshell,
     outer face, outer layer, outer side, outer skin, outlines, outside,
     outskirts, overview, paint, pale, pandect, paper, paragraph,
     parameters, parse, pattern, perimeter, periphery, picture, piece,
     plan, plot, portray, precis, preliminary study, primer, principia,
     principles, profile, projection, prolegomenon, recapitulation,
     reflection, reflex, relief, render, represent, research paper,
     resolve, resume, review, rim, rind, rough, rough in, rough out,
     rubric, rudiments, run-down, scan, scenario, schema, schematize,
     scheme, screed, set forth, shadow, shape, shapes, shell, shorten,
     shortened version, silhouette, skeleton, sketch, sketch out, skin,
     skirt, skirts, skyline, special article, study, summarize, summary,
     superficies, superstratum, surface, surround, survey, syllabus,
     synopsis, synopsize, table, table of contents, term paper, theme,
     thesis, thumbnail sketch, top, topical outline, tournure, trace,
     tract, tractate, treatise, treatment, verges, working drawing,

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