from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Roughing-down; particularly, the approximate shaping of a piece from commercial sizes of material.
  • n. The rough-forging of a piece, including the welding and swaging of the original stock, but not the finishing with the fullering- and flatting-tools, dies, etc.
  • n. Suitable or designed for use in making rough-cuts: as, a roughing-out drill.


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  • It measured about sixteen feet by ten, and was entirely painted over, though little of the work had gone beyond the roughing-out.

    His Masterpiece

  • This roughing-out, hastily dashed off, was superb in its violence and ardent vitality of colour.

    His Masterpiece


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