1. The act of representing, portraying, or describing, as by lines, diagrams, sketches, etc.; drawing an outline; as, the delineation of a scene or face; in drawing and engraving, representation by means of lines, as distinguished from representation by means of tints shades; accurate and minute representation, as distinguished from art that is careless of details, or subordinates them excessively.

2. A delineated picture; representation; sketch; description in words. Their softest delineations of female beauty. (W. Irving)

Synonym: Sketch, portrait, outline. See Sketch.

Origin: L. Delineatio: cf. F. Delineation.

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