De·sign v. t. [imp. & p. p. Designed p. pr. & vb. n. Designing.]
1. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.
2. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
We shall see
Justice design the victor's chivalry. --Shak.
Meet me to-morrow where the master
And this fraternity shall design. --Beau. & Fl.
3. To create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a statue, or a cathedral.
4. To intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to.
Ask of politicians the end for which laws were originally designed. --Burke.
He was designed to the study of the law. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To sketch; plan; purpose; intend; propose; project; mean.
De·sign·ing, a. Intriguing; artful; scheming; as, a designing man.
De·sign·ing, n. The act of making designs or sketches; the act of forming designs or plans.
adj : concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest;
"a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark
schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill; "a scheming
wife"; "a scheming gold digger" [syn: scheming]
n : the act of working out the form of something (as by making a
sketch or outline or plan); "he contributed to the design
of a new instrument" [syn: design]