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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At the heart of the difficulty of delineating clearly the essential features of the Constitution is its ever-changing nature.
▪ Make certain that ideas are clearly delineated and most of all, avoid the use of professional jargon.
▪ The ship's route is clearly delineated on the surface of the water and is violently consumed by our advance.
▪ Before considering the possible applications of the dynamical transition paradigm, it is necessary to clearly delineate this restricted domain of application.
▪ Kozol's book delineates the differences between urban and suburban schools.
▪ The smoking section has been clearly delineated.
▪ A superior drama that delineates the corrupt mix of big-city politics and crime.
▪ As a consequence of this fact it is possible to delineate the proper role of the congregation in the eucharistic prayer.
▪ Six mineral zones have been delineated in the thermal aureole formed by the post-tectonic Strath Ossian Igneous Complex.
▪ The first is called WORLD.DAT; it contains 6000 points delineating the world's coastlines.
▪ There is also a problem in delineating this sector since self-employment is considered such a crucial factor.
▪ We pause in front of chalkboards hung on the wall delineating the controlled transactions that govern this universe.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delineate \De*lin"e*ate\, a. [L. delineatus, p. p. of delineare to delineate; de- + lineare to draw, fr. linea line. See Line.] Delineated; portrayed. [R.]


Delineate \De*lin"e*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delineated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delineating.]

  1. To indicate by lines drawn in the form or figure of; to represent by sketch, design, or diagram; to sketch out; to portray; to picture; in drawing and engraving, to represent in lines, as with the pen, pencil, or graver; hence, to represent with accuracy and minuteness. See Delineation.

    Adventurous to delineate nature's form.

  2. To portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe.

    Customs or habits delineated with great accuracy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from Latin delineatus, past participle of delineare "to sketch out," from de- "completely" (see de-) + lineare "draw lines," from linea "line" (see line (n.)). Related: Delineated; delineating.


vb. 1 To sketch out, draw or trace an outline. 2 To depict, represent with pictures. 3 To describe or depict with words or gestures. 4 To outline or mark out.


adj. represented accurately or precisely [syn: delineated, represented] [ant: undelineated]

  1. v. delineate the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object" [syn: define]

  2. determine the essential quality of [syn: specify, define, delimit, delimitate]

  3. trace the shape of [syn: limn, outline]

  4. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line, describe]

  5. describe in vivid detail

Usage examples of "delineate".

In describing the country, extraction, and manners of Herculius, we have already delineated those of Galerius, who was often, and not improperly, styled the younger Maximian, though, in many instances both of virtue and ability, he appears to have possessed a manifest superiority over the elder.

The divine Homer is the only poet who has succeeded in delineating it in those lines in which he describes Andromache with the young Astyanax in her arms, when Hector is leaving her to return to the battle.

According to the notions of the time however it was not South America that would have been reached, but a continental land which occupied in the maps of the world, as then delineated, the Australasian regions.

The name given to this roughly delineated Terra Australis is Patalie Regio, meaning, according to the Vicomte de Santarem, who derives it from the Sanskrit, the nether region, i.

But the volume before the reader is not so much a history of the battles of Virginia, which have often been described, as an attempt to delineate the military and personal character of General Lee, which displayed itself often more strikingly in indecisive events than in those whose results attract the attention of the world.

What the black stripes on acetate had delineated with clinical detachment, the photographs in the book revealed with horrifying detail: limbless embryos, Cyclopean fetuses, hydrocephalic stillborn children.

Dauphin and similar charts wherein the Australian coasts are so remarkably well delineated, we have now to mention in connection with the present globe some of its most curious and extraordinary features--features which will show that the Dauphin and similar charts were not entirely due to Portuguese and Spanish surveys.

And there are others, not yet clearly delineated, whose existence in the cell is indicated by the presence of cytoplasmic genes.

Then, slowly, the fog faded, and the ridged plains of Felis Dorsa emerged out of the haze, at first misty and colorless, and then, as the dust raised by the landing thinned out, sharply delineated.

It was intended to delineate our National Bird--the American Eagle--however, something had happened to her measurements at the time, or the noble bird had developed a pronounced goiter meantime.

If any one is inclined to condemn the insertion of the introductory lines, which image forth the sudden relief of a state of deep despondency by the radiant visions disclosed by the sudden burst of an Italian sunrise in autumn on the highest peak of those delightful mountains, I can only offer as my excuse, that they were not erased at the request of a dear friend, with whom added years of intercourse only add to my apprehension of its value, and who would have had more right than any one to complain, that she has not been able to extinguish in me the very power of delineating sadness.

But they seemed to work for those whose single-minded concern was to delineate the biochemistry, neurophysiology and cell biology of learning and memory.

Epicurus and his followers started out being simpleminded hedonists by affirming boldly that pleasure and the good are identical, but as they proceeded to delineate the features of a good life, it soon became apparent that other things are desirable and even more desirable than pleasure.

And because Luke purposes to delineate Christ as the expiator of our sins, he makes no mention of these women.

He peeled away the last opaque shrink wrapping to display his purchase: a foot-high solido of a lovely young woman, every feature sharply delineated in the fragile prismatic carving.