line drawing


a drawing done exclusively in line, providing gradations in tone entirely through variations in width and density.

Origin of line drawing

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for line drawing

delineation, drawing, illustration, picture, sketch

Examples from the Web for line drawing

Contemporary Examples of line drawing

  • Political science research on redistricting has confirmed that control of the line-drawing process does yield some benefits.

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    February 18, 2013

Historical Examples of line drawing

  • Sometimes, though incorrectly, applied to a line-drawing in pen and ink.

  • The one colour was used as a ground with the high lights cut away; the other block, for the ordinary convention of line-drawing.

  • It is somewhat difficult to exemplify this by a line-drawing, though it is easy to do so with an actual example.

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    Charles John Ffoulkes

  • They reproduce, or almost reproduce, the color-charm of the early broadsides; and they show a marked improvement in line-drawing.

British Dictionary definitions for line drawing

line drawing


a drawing made with lines only, gradations in tone being provided by the spacing and thickness of the lines
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