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delineation

[dih-lin-ee-ey-shuh n] /dɪˌlɪn iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of delineating.
2.
a chart or diagram; sketch; rough draft.
3.
a description.
Origin of delineation
1560-1570
1560-70; < Late Latin dēlīneātiōn- (stem of dēlīneātiō) a sketch, equivalent to Latin dēlīneāt(us) (see delineate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
delineative
[dih-lin-ee-ey-tiv, -ee-uh-tiv] /dɪˈlɪn iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nondelineation, noun
nondelineative, adjective
predelineation, noun
undelineative, adjective
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Examples from the Web for delineation
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  • The delineation of Socrates in the Republic is not wholly consistent.

    The Republic Plato
  • There was yet a fifth combination which God used in the delineation of the universe.

    Timaeus Plato
  • The style is stilted, and there is no attempt at delineation of character.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • They become a delineation of the non-sensuous, of the soul's progress of development.

  • Softness and decision, breadth and delineation, cannot co-exist in equal degrees.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • Another which says, We will have shade, and as much color and delineation as are consistent with it.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • The third, We will have delineation, and as much color and shade as are consistent with it.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • His delineation of beauty was that which the eye cannot blame and the soul does not acknowledge.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • This was his black-board, designed to serve for the delineation of his journey.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
Word Origin and History for delineation
n.

1560s, native formation from delineate, or else from Latin delineationem (nominative delineatio) "sketch, description," noun of action from past participle stem of delineare (see delineate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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