- to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline; represent pictorially: He delineated the state of Texas on the map with a red pencil.
- to portray in words; describe or outline with precision: In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.
Origin of delineate
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Examples from the Web for delineated
The parcel is 2.15 hectares (about 5.3 acres) and has been mapped out and delineated in this exact size since the year 1507.The Next UNESCO World Heritage Site: Burgundy’s Pinot Noir Country?
May 31, 2014
Then he delineated a long and painful path, amid rocks and water-courses.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Or that his nature, being such as we have delineated, is akin to the highest good?The Republic
It really has a face, whose features may easily be delineated.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
They delineated a large river many days journey to the east, which La Salle had no doubt was the Mississippi.
Besides these symbols is delineated in each compartment an orb of heaven.Moon Lore
- to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
- to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
- to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnea line 1
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Word Origin and History for delineated
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