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Delineate   /dɪlˈɪniˌeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. delineated; pres. part. delineating)
Show the form or outline of.  Synonym: define.  "The camera could define the smallest object"
Determine the essential quality of.  Synonyms: define, delimit, delimitate, specify.
Trace the shape of.  Synonyms: limn, outline.
Make a mark or lines on a surface.  Synonyms: describe, draw, line, trace.  "Trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
Describe in vivid detail.

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"Delineate" Quotes from Famous Books

... was. Such a misery as none can delineate, save those who have endured it themselves, or had it confided to them by another. And happy are they to whom neither ...
— Hereward, The Last of the English • Charles Kingsley

... this book is to tell the story of Burton's life, to delineate as vividly as possible his remarkable character—his magnetic personality, and to defend him alike from enemy and friend. In writing it my difficulties have been two. First, Burton himself was woefully inaccurate as an autobiographer, and we must also add regretfully ...
— The Life of Sir Richard Burton • Thomas Wright

... Robbers it was my object to delineate the victim of an extravagant sensibility; here I endeavor to paint the reverse; a victim of art and intrigue. But, however strongly marked in the page of history the unfortunate project of Fiesco may appear, on the stage it may prove less interesting. If it be true that sensibility alone awakens ...
— The Works of Frederich Schiller in English • Frederich Schiller

... of the drama are easily available. As preparatory work it will be well to make a careful study of Tennyson's dramatic monologues, both in the earlier and later periods. These throw a good deal of light upon his skill in making characters delineate themselves, and they reveal incidentally some of his methods of dramatic narrative. For this paper, however, please confine your criticism to "Queen Mary," "Harold," "Becket," "The Cup," "The Falcon," "The Promise of May," and "The Foresters." ...
— A Study of Poetry • Bliss Perry

... the distribution of electricity producing the field. When we know the strength and direction of this resultant force, we know all the properties of the field, and we can express them numerically or delineate them graphically, Faraday (Exp. Res., Sec. 3122 et seq.) showed how the distribution of the forces in any electric field can be graphically depicted by drawing lines (which he called lines of force) whose direction at every point coincides ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 288 - July 9, 1881 • Various

... so mischievous as the lesson that the muscular blackguard should be regarded with any other feeling than that of pure loathing and disgust. But let us have done with him. I cannot think of the books which delineate him and ask you to admire him without indignation more bitter than I wish to feel in ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862 • Various

... earlier stories, more akin to the usual narrative of fiction. "The Scarlet Letter," a work of pure imagination, was the climax of his tales, the furthest reach of his romantic allegorizing moral art in creation; but he now undertook to utilize his experience and observation in the attempt to delineate life in its commoner and more realistic aspects of character and scene. He began "The House of the Seven Gables" in September and finished it early in January. He wrote regularly, but the story went ...
— Nathaniel Hawthorne • George E. Woodberry

... is causation. A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal 208:27 man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it. You embrace 208:30 your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs 209:1 included in matter. Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life. It is the mortal belief which makes 209:3 the body discordant and diseased in proportion as igno- ...
— Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures • Mary Baker Eddy

... in which the advantages possessed by many emancipists, the splendour of their equipage, and the luxurious profligacy of their lives, were exhibited as the larger prizes of a fruitful lottery. Among these works, the most popular, that of Cunningham, professed to delineate the sentiments of the prisoners, from which it might be inferred that few conditions of human life offered so many chances of gaiety ...
— The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) • John West

... HISTORY.—The subject of history is man. History has for its object to record his doings and experiences. It may then be concisely defined as a narrative of past events in which men have been concerned. To describe the earth, the abode of man, to delineate the different kingdoms of nature, and to inquire into the origin of them, or to explain the physical or mental constitution of human beings, is no part of the office of history. All this belongs to the departments ...
— Outline of Universal History • George Park Fisher

... but one course for you. You must go forward, or the ruin of your child is sealed. You have come to an important crisis in the history of your child, and if you need motive to influence you to act, you may delineate as upon a map his temporal and eternal destiny—these mainly depend upon the issue of the present struggle. If you succeed, your child is saved; if you fail, he is lost. You may think perhaps your child will die before he ...
— Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters - Volume 3 • Various

Words linked to "Delineate" :   undelineated, line, describe, redefine, lipstick, portrayed, determine, described, show, be, mark, write, diagrammatical, pictured, inscribe, contour, depicted, diagrammatic, construct, delineation, depict, delineative, delimit, circumscribe

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