1 a preliminary or schematic plan, draft, account, etc.
2 usually pl the important features of an argument, theory, work, etc.
3 the line by which an object or figure is or appears to be bounded
a a drawing or manner of drawing consisting only of external lines
b (as modifier)
an outline map
5 to draw or display the outline of
6 to give the main features or general idea of
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