A line marking the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure. The shape of an object or figure. A style of drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading. A sketch done in this style. A general description covering the main points of a subject: an outline of American literature. A statement summarizing the important points of a text. A summary of a written work or speech, usually analyzed in headings and subheadings. A preliminary draft or plan, as of a project or proposal. To draw an outline of. To display or accentuate the outline of. To give the main features or various aspects of; summarize: outlined the major provisions of the tax bill.