• WordNet 3.6
    • n delineation representation by drawing or painting etc
    • n delineation a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
    • n delineation a graphic or vivid verbal description "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures","the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland","the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Delineation A delineated picture; representation; sketch; description in words. "Their softest delineations of female beauty."
    • Delineation 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 and shades; accurate and minute representation, as distinguished from art that is careless of details, or subordinates them excessively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n delineation The act or process of delineating; the act of representing, portraying, or depicting.
    • n delineation Representation, whether pictorially or in words; sketch; description.
    • n delineation Synonyms Sketch, etc. (see outline,n.); drawing, draft, portrait; account, description.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Delineation the act of delineating: a sketch, representation, or description (sometimes Delin′eament)
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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. delineatio,: cf. F. délinéation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. delineāre, -ātumde, down, and linea, a line.


In literature:

Her soft blue eyes, her mild aspect, her lovely face and elegant form, have never been delineated on canvass.
"Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons" by Arabella W. Stuart
It is not the purpose, nor is it within the scope of this brief memorial, to delineate the character of this eminent citizen.
"Discourse of the Life and Character of the Hon. Littleton Waller Tazewell" by Hugh Blair Grigsby
To "lay out" or delineate our escape-wheel teeth, we continue our drawing shown at Fig.
"Watch and Clock Escapements" by Anonymous
Though Mr Farebrother occupies a somewhat less prominent place in the narrative, he is delineated with not less consummate skill.
"The Ethics of George Eliot's Works" by John Crombie Brown
The legitimate object of comedy is the truthful delineation of manners.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Such a delineation must be reserved for a future, more comprehensive work.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
The first step in your delineation has been taken.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
The delineation of movement is easier to the musician than it is to the poet.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
This is the latest and one of the strongest works of the successful delineator of modern society life and manners.
"The Olden Time Series, Vol. 3: New-England Sunday" by Henry M. Brooks
Each of the three characters is admirably delineated.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
Its sole object was further to delineate the wrongs of the aborigines.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4" by Various
The THREE STEPS, usually delineated upon the Master's carpet, are emblematical of the three principal stages of human life, viz.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Diagonals are the several lines on the draughts, delineating the station of the harpings and ribs, to form the body by.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Against exaggerated hoop-skirts he has all along set his face, and seldom, if ever, condescends to delineate a lady in crinoline.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
The celebrated originator of delineations, "Jim Crow Rice," made his first appearance at Hamblin's Bowery Theatre at about this time.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
The detailed delineation of method, means, and tools.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
The poet, therefore, who wishes to delineate a character need not keep a note-book.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
A great many plans of labyrinths are found delineated in ancient books.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
Very much of it owed its general success to the faithful delineation of manners already passed away.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Shakespeare's Delineations of Insanity, Imbecility, and Suicide.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur

In news:

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.
A consolidated amended complaint in the class action filed over underpaid digital royalties by several heritage acts against Universal Music Group gives the most complete delineation yet of the plaintiffs' case.
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.
It quickly became clear that one option was a picture of the island of Manhattan taken from the air, showing the clear delineation of lights on and off in different parts of the city.
The landscape would have been delineated by ecological and agricultural regions and the foods that flourished there.
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:

And since GR11 (Stockholm 1986) where a special workshop session was held on alternative theories of gravitation, a significant progress has been made and it is possible now to delineate a complete chart of relationships between scalar-tensor gravity theories, theories with nonlinear Lagrangians and general relativity.
Universality of Einstein's General Relativity
The smaller box delineates the range of best fit values for Ro/hR from Table 1.
Does the Milky Way have a Maximal Disk?
We delineated the instability strip in the color magnitude diagram to select Cepheids candidates.
EROS differential studies of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds : Stellar pulsation, stellar evolution and distance scale
As delineated, this is clearly a very serious physical problem.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Dashed lines delineate the part of the stellar wind occulted by the companion star at orbital phase 0.0 (center of X-ray eclipse).
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
Diagonal lines tangent to the companion delineate the shadow cone—the part of the wind shielded from direct radiation from the point X-ray source.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
Dashed lines delineate the part of the stellar wind occulted by the companion star at orbital phase 0.0.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
Diagonal lines tangent to the companion delineate the shadow cone.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
New studies show that different areas in the upper HR-diagram can be delineated where the effective acceleration in the upper part of the photosphere is negative, or directed outwards.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
As a consequence, today, not only do we have for the first time firm detections of at least half a dozen compact γ -ray sources, but in several cases, their spectra in the TeV energy domain are reasonably well delineated to permit a realistic modeling .
Image and Non-Image Parameters of Atmospheric Cherenkov Events: a comparative study of their gamma-ray/hadron classification potential in UHE regime
In the era of 2dF and SDSS, huge volumes populated by over 100,000 galaxies are publically available6 and delineate the power spectrum more reliably than the earlier Abell/ACO cluster samples whose integrity is still being debated.
Conference Summary
As remarked earlier, it is hard to know what errors are made by connecting data at different redshifts to delineate an evolutionary picture.
Conference Summary
In a sense, the great, nearly inexhaustible challenge of strong interaction physics is to delineate the applicability of these effective pictures, to connect them to each other, and to the underlying dynamics.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
The shaded (pink) regions in the upper right regions delineate the 2 σ range of gµ − 2.
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, Implications of Recent CMB Data and Supersymmetric Dark Matter
In binary lensing, the lens system configuration delineates regions of space on the source plane that are bound by gravitational caustics.
Bayesian analysis of caustic-crossing microlensing events