Sketch n. An outline or general delineation of anything; a first rough or incomplete draught or plan of any design; especially, in the fine arts, such a representation of an object or scene as serves the artist's purpose by recording its chief features; also, a preliminary study for an original work.
Syn: -- Outline; delineation; draught; plan; design.
Usage: Sketch, Outline, Delineation. An outline gives only the bounding lines of some scene or picture. A sketch fills up the outline in part, giving broad touches, by which an imperfect idea may be conveyed. A delineation goes further, carrying out the more striking features of the picture, and going so much into detail as to furnish a clear conception of the whole. Figuratively, we may speak of the outlines of a plan, of a work, of a project, etc., which serve as a basis on which the subordinate parts are formed, or of sketches of countries, characters, manners, etc., which give us a general idea of the things described.
Sketch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sketched p. pr. & vb. n. Sketching.]
1. To draw the outline or chief features of; to make a rought of.
2. To plan or describe by giving the principal points or ideas of.
Syn: -- To delineate; design; draught; depict.
Sketch, v. i. To make sketches, as of landscapes.
n 1: preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several
studies before starting to paint" [syn: study]
2: a brief literary description [syn: vignette]
3: short descriptive summary (of events) [syn: survey, resume]
4: a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or
magazine [syn: cartoon]
v 1: make a sketch of; "sketch the building" [syn: chalk out]
2: describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or
summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his
ideas" [syn: outline, adumbrate]