outline outline  /ˈaʊt ˌlaɪn/


  1. (n) the line that appears to bound an object
  2. (n) a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  3. (n) a schematic or preliminary plan
  4. (v) describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
  5. (v) draw up an outline or sketch for something
  6. (v) trace the shape of


  1. On the details of the plan, respondents remained supportive of many of the rough outlines of the health-reform effort as originally described by President Obama.
  2. Here's a brief outline of how it's done: When the Pope dies, the head of the Sacred College of Cardinals, or Camerlengo, verifies the death.
  3. Here's how they work: a laser beam projects a glowing red outline of a keyboard on a desk or other flat surface.


  1. Bulger Trial Set to Get Under Way

    Prosecutors, defense lawyers to outline case for Whitey Bulger jury in opening statements        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ABC News

  2. Pentagon five-year cybersecurity plan seeks $23 billion

    A Pentagon cybersecurity budget outline calls for spending almost $23 billion through fiscal 2018, as efforts are expanded on initiatives from protecting computer networks to developing offensive capabilities.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

  3. NRC to outline findings at NC's Harris nuke plant

    NRC to outline findings at NC's Harris nuke plant Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:20 am, Saturday, June 8, 2013 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As Duke Energy Corp. restarts a nuclear power plant that shut down for more than three weeks, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: seattlepi.com


  1. "I did outline a vision and the vision was for a regional processing centre, and that is important because it completely undercuts the people-smuggling market because they no longer have a product to sell," Ms Gillard said. "I'm not going to...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Julia Gillard Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "Swiss cheese isn't going to work when it comes to the outline of a state," Bush said.
    on Jan 10, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "I think that the basic approach has been he's going to be ...... in Chicago, setting up his economic, not only his economic team, but the policies he wants to outline for the country as soon as he gets sworn in, so we hit the ground running,"...
    on Nov 9, 2008 By: Rahm Emanuel Source: International Herald Tribune

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tangible tangible
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