• WordNet 3.6
    • adj delineate represented accurately or precisely
    • v delineate describe in vivid detail
    • v delineate make a mark or lines on a surface "draw a line","trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
    • v delineate trace the shape of
    • v delineate determine the essential quality of
    • v delineate show the form or outline of "The tree was clearly defined by the light","The camera could define the smallest object"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Delineate Delineated; portrayed.
    • Delineate 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. "Adventurous to delineate nature's form."
    • Delineate To portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe. "Customs or habits delineated with great accuracy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delineate To exhibit or mark out in lines; sketch or represent in outline: as, to delineate the form of the earth or a diagram.
    • delineate To represent pictorially; draw a likeness of; portray; depict.
    • delineate To describe; represent to the mind or understanding; exhibit it likeness of in words: as, to delineate character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Delineate de-lin′e-āt to mark out with lines: to represent by a sketch or picture: to portray: to describe accurately in words
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  • Maxwell Maltz
    “Begin to imagine what the desirable outcome would be like. Go over these mental pictures and delineate details and refinements. Play them over and over to yourself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. delineatus, p. p. of delineare, to delineate; de-, + lineare, to draw, fr. linea, line. See Line
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. delineāre, -ātumde, down, and linea, a line.


In literature:

But both schools, rightly followed, require first of all absolute accuracy of delineation.
"Lectures on Art" by John Ruskin
In it the writer has attempted to delineate that which came within his immediate observation, during a residence of four years on the Group.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844" by Various
Pennant says it is believed to delineate Dr. Goodwin, President of Magdalen college, during the great rebellion.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
This delineation has always met with unqualified praise.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Delineations of this nature were the contrivance of the Cuthites, or Shepherds.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
Moreover, its delineation of Paradise and blessedness are not wanting in poetic charm and power.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
Monsieur Nicodemus recognized a delicate and cultivated hand, and a faithful delineator of nature.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
We may admire the skill of the delineation, but we cannot pause sufficiently before the canvas to do full justice to the painter.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
In all these the imagery was delineated in silver on the gilt-bronze ground.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
In the "Voyages" we find the most correct delineation, in words and sketches, of the peculiarities and glories of Alp-land.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865" by Various
We are not, but his ability we are in duty bound to delineate truthfully.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
He delineated the falling plaster, the litter around the pulpit, the profanation of the walls.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Characters might be common-place; but there was to be force enough in their delineation to keep the attention of the reader.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
At the moment it seemed as though her ideal were well enough delineated by the picture of my opposite.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
And yet ... and yet the painting had a quality of unreality about it, as though it were the delineation of a madonna without child, or of a nun.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
He delineated not less favorably the valley of the Tamar.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
A manufactured thing delineates exactly the form of the work of manufacturing it.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
There is not a single slip in the skilful delineation of this monster.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Some things delineated I now believe as true.
"Cupology" by Clara
What beautifully delineated wings!
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various

In news:

A March 24 editorial delineates a "feminist dilemma" about President Clinton.
Some historians write books, delineating events of an era.
Three Types of Unwarranted Variation Delineated by Dartmouth Researchers.
Years ago, when my elementary school teachers delineated the tree of life in biology class, apes and humans were kept separate from each other.
Grant Delin for The New York Times.
Apparently, your posture needs to be perfect while doing housework… At least according to an article from The Delineator circa 1920.
Deline, 48, was charged with second degree menacing, first degree criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it at 7:36 am, according to state police.
Delineator bounces back when hit.
A photographer and identical twin tells the intimately delineated, raw story of her beloved sister's overdose on heroin and untimely death at age 28 in 2006.
"Public policy suggests we should interpret this more narrowly than proposed by the majority," Hur said, later adding that his colleagues on the commission "did not provide a clear basis for how official misconduct is delineated.
There was a monstrous moon at White Ledge Camp that night, its beams delineating the soft sandstone ledges in this bend of the river.
Past the foyer, the dining room is delineated by columns on the right.
State to delineate sport fish, game fish.
Back when Roper began at SAIC , each top official's duties were clearly delineated.
Hawaii's delineation between Democrats and Republicans is nominal.

In science:

Theorem 2 delineates the asymptotic distributions of ˆXP (γ ), ˆXO (γ ) and ˆXS (γ ).
Generalized score test of homogeneity for mixed effects models
The test functions are used to delineate the unit ball in the algebra by means of a duality with a family of reproducing kernels.
Test Functions, Kernels, Realizations and Interpolation
Zones where the ionization is dominated by UV and Cosmic Ray are delineated (effectively where C+ is no longer the most abundant ion).
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
This lemma delineates clearly in a particular case in which situation we can expect an improvement from the adaptive procedure over the standard LSU.
Adaptive FDR control under independence and dependence
Frisch delineated theory content in the way Belot suggests. It would remain for Belot to provide examples of such theories, and at any rate I doubt this would worry Frisch very much.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics
The small bar with arrows at the nucleus in the bottom right panel represents a compact radio source (Saikia et al. 2002), and the two white lines delineate a bi-cone within which we observe an enhancement in the vellocity dispersion due to the interaction of the radio jet with the circumnuclear gas.
Observational Overview of the Feeding of Active Galactic Nuclei
The two periods, delineated in the figure with vertical dashed lines, bound the possible range of the transition period.
Observational Evidence for Tidal Interaction in Close Binary Systems
For these and other reasons, Steenbrugge et al. (2008) interpret this linear feature as a relic jet, albeit along a somewhat different direction from that delineated by synchrotron radio emission.
Radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars: one population, different epochs of observation
Confidence level regions following these constraints are shown in Fig. 8(b) including the region delineated by new physics traced by the relation of Eq. (82).
Averages of b-hadron and c-hadron Properties at the End of 2007
The horizontal lines delineate levels of evidence according to the Jeffreys’ scale, in favour of compatibility (for ln R > 0) or against it (for ln R < 0).
Are BR(b->s gamma) and (g-2)_muon consistent within the Constrained MSSM?
Contours delineate regions of weak evidence in favour of compatibility (innermost/green region), inconclusive result (white), and regions of increasing evidence against compatibility (shades of red: weak, moderate and strong evidence according to the Jeffreys’ scale).
Are BR(b->s gamma) and (g-2)_muon consistent within the Constrained MSSM?
Space-Time Geometry and HBT An important goal of multiparticle dynamics is to delineate the space-time evolution of the production process.
Geometry of Multihadron Production
Surveys of LSB galaxies (Binggeli et al, 1990; Eder et al., 1989; Thuan, 1987) have shown that dwarf and LSB galaxies fall into the structures delineated by the luminous ones and that there are not evidences that these galaxies fill voids.
Low-surface-brightness and dwarf galaxies seem to fall into the structures delineated by the luminous ones and there is no evidence that these galaxies fill voids (see section 2.4).
As discussed in Section 3.2, polarized proton collisions offer a wealth of new opportunities for the delineation of different aspects of polarized parton structure.
High-Energy Hadron-Induced Dilepton Production from Nucleons and Nuclei