from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw or trace the outline of; sketch out.
- transitive v. To represent pictorially; depict.
- transitive v. To depict in words or gestures; describe. See Synonyms at represent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sketch out, draw or trace an outline.
- v. To depict, represent with pictures.
- v. To describe or depict with words or gestures.
- v. To outline or mark out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Delineated; portrayed.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exhibit or mark out in lines; sketch or represent in outline: as, to delineate the form of the earth or a diagram.
- To represent pictorially; draw a likeness of; portray; depict.
- To describe; represent to the mind or understanding; exhibit it likeness of in words: as, to delineate character.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. represented accurately or precisely
- v. make a mark or lines on a surface
- v. describe in vivid detail
- v. show the form or outline of
- v. determine the essential quality of
- v. trace the shape of
Latin dēlīneāre, dēlīneāt- : dē-, de- + līnea, line, thread; see line1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin delineatus, past participle of dēlīneo ("to sketch out, to delineate"), from de- + līnea ("line") (Wiktionary)