• WordNet 3.6
    • v sketch describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of "sketch the outline of the book","outline his ideas"
    • v sketch make a sketch of "sketch the building"
    • n sketch preliminary drawing for later elaboration "he made several studies before starting to paint"
    • n sketch short descriptive summary (of events)
    • n sketch a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
    • n sketch a brief literary description
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Additional illustrations & photos:

sketch of smoke cloud sketch of smoke cloud
Making pottery at Jamestown. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Making pottery at Jamestown. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
An early Jamestown house. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) An early Jamestown house. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
A brick house at Jamestown, about 1640. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A brick house at Jamestown, about 1640. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Brewing beer at Jamestown. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Brewing beer at Jamestown. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Sketching Easel Sketching Easel
Sketching Chair Sketching Chair
Sketching Umbrella Sketching Umbrella

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leonardo Divinci made sketches of a tracked armored vehicle to be used as an offensive weapon. It was pedal powered.
    • n Sketch An outline or general delineation of anything; a first rough or incomplete draught or plan of any design; especially, in the fine arts, such a representation of an object or scene as serves the artist's purpose by recording its chief features; also, a preliminary study for an original work.
    • Sketch To draw the outline or chief features of; to make a rought of.
    • v. i Sketch To make sketches, as of landscapes.
    • Sketch To plan or describe by giving the principal points or ideas of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sketch A brief, slight, or hasty delineation; a rapid or offhand presentation of the essential facts of anything; a rough draft; an outline: as, in literature, the sketch of an event, a character, or a career.
    • n sketch In art:
    • n sketch The first suggestive embodiment. of an artist's idea as expressed on canvas, or on paper, or in the clay model, upon which his more finished performance is to be elaborated or built up.
    • n sketch A slight transcript from nature of the human figure, or of any object, made in crayon or chalk with simple shading, or any rough draft in colors, taken with the object of securing for the artist the materials for a finished picture; a design in outline; a delineated memorandum; a slight delineation or indication of an artist's thought, invention, or recollection.
    • n sketch A short and slightly constructed play or literary composition: as, “sketches by Boz.”
    • n sketch In music:
    • n sketch A short composition consisting of a single movement: so called either from the simplicity of its construction, or because it is of a descriptive character, being suggested by some external object, or being intended to suggest such an object, as a fountain or a brook.
    • n sketch Generally in the plural, preliminary memoranda made by a composer with the intention of developing them afterward into a finished composition. Such sketches consist sometimes of only a few notes, sometimes of the most important parts of a whole movement. For instance, great numbers of sketches by Beethoven are still extant, many of them showing the progressive stages of works afterward fully completed.
    • n sketch In com., a description, sent at regular intervals to the consignor, of the kinds of goods sold by a commission house and the terms of sale. Synonyms Skeleton, plot, plan.-
    • sketch To present the essential facts of, with omission of details; outline briefly or slightly; describe or depict in a general, incomplete, and suggestive way.
    • sketch Specifically, in art, to draw or portray in outline, or with partial shading; make a rough or slight draft of, especially as a memorandum for more finished work: as, to sketch a group or a landscape.
    • sketch Synonyms To portray. See outline, n.
    • sketch To make a sketch; present essential facts or features, with omission of details.
    • sketch Specifically, in art, to draw in outline or with partial shading: as, she sketches cleverly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sketch skech a first draft of any plan or painting: an outline, a short and slightly constructed play, essay, &c.: a short dramatic scene for representation by two persons: an artist's preliminary study of a work to be elaborated
    • v.t Sketch to make a rough draft of: to draw the outline: to give the principal points of
    • v.i Sketch to practise sketching
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  • Rudyard Kipling
    “And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves It's pretty, but is it Art?”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. schets, fr. It. schizzo, a sketch, a splash (whence also F. esquisse,; cf. Esquisse.); cf. It. schizzare, to splash, to sketch


In literature:

A sketch on the road to Basle.
"The Foreign Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones and Robinson" by Richard Doyle
P. Gilson's symphonic sketches, "La Mer," given by the Philharmonic Society, New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
I showed him my sketch of Notre Dame from under that old bridge at night.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
The sketches all came back to her.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
ALLEN, WILLIAM: sketch of, 173; poem, "Springfield's Welcome to Lincoln," by, 173.
"The Poets' Lincoln" by Various
It is as good a book as Thackeray's Sketches in Ireland.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
I must endeavour to sketch him as he sits at table.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Some one had told me that a Sydney artist, a Mr. Rawlence, had permission to land on the island, as he wished to sketch there.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
He sat down near a torrent, and began to sketch a wild landscape before him.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
We have lockers and all that, but I hate to lock up my sketches when I go out.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
You might as well not work as to sketch with a poor sketching easel.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Water colour sketch of Mrs. Hennell.
"George Eliot Centenary, November 1919" by Coventry Libraries Committee
The following article will supply a sketch of this kind.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
You have given us an amusing sketch, and human nature cannot say it was not so.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Now what was the "evidence" to which the corpulent Regent is made to refer in the sketch before us?
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
Percival was holding up one side of the portfolio, and she was placing the sketches one by one upon each other.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Sketch three different kinds of batteries applied to cord circuits.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
Prudence Varley was there, sketching.
"The Furnace" by Rose Macaulay
A sketch of Everett appears on page 127 of this volume.
"The Library and Society" by Various

In poetry:

Dear father, what hath given thee offence?
Cast but another glance upon the sketch;
Surely it hath some grace, some charm, some promise.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
I'm watching alone o'er the starlit glow,
O'er the silv'ry moon and ocean flow;
And sketching in light the heaven of my youth--
Its starry hopes and its waves of truth.
"I’m Sitting Alone" by Mary Baker Eddy
What scene of agony the garden brings;
The cup of gall; the suppliant king of kings!
The crown of thorns; the cross, that felt him die;
These, languid in the sketch, unfinish'd lie.
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto II" by Richard Savage
Forgive then, sweet ****, the innocent fiction,
That drew as from fancy the charms that are thine;
For sketching those charms I but sooth the affliction
Which harrows in absence this bosom of mine.
"Le Vrai Seul Est Aimable" by Charlotte Dacre
Here is part that's slight, and part gone wrong,
And much of little moment, and some few
Perfect as Diirer!
'In the Studio' and these two portraits, if I had my choice!
And then these sketches in the mood of Greece?
"To Whistler, American" by Ezra Pound
Or, fed from thousand sources, a fountain's glittering jet,
Or careless handfuls scattered of diamond sparks unset;
Ah, sketch him, paint him, mould him in every shape you will,
He was himself--the only--the one unpictured still!
"The Last Survivor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Mr Etch -a-Sketch vs Mr Etched -in-Stone.
Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad enters guilty pleas in a New York court room on Monday, as seen in this court sketch.
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," The Sketch Book, Washington Irving Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Liberals' Free Enterprise Friday sounds like an invitation to a comedy sketch.
Mitsubishi has released only this sketch of the Galant Ralliart, but having seen a concept at the 2004 SEMA show, we have some idea of what to expect.
Sketches released in game room murder.
Etch A Sketch gaffe-turned-joke highlights bind Romney was already in.
Police release sketch of Waldorf killer.
Chris Dominick always doodled and sketched, and was accepted to study art at Stevenson University.
They released a sketch of the man found in a brush fire near 234th and Highway 6 near Gretna .
A sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with four gropings in Jackson Heights.
Aimee Mann sure has caught the sketch comedy bug.
Police have now released a sketch of the suspect.
Derek Lloyd Shoemake 's Sketch, Oct 24.
Loscil Coyote Sketches from New Brighton Kranky 0:09:59 (MP3 ).

In science:

Extensions of the cycle index method to the set of all matrices and to other finite classical groups are sketched.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Sketch of the dynamic structure factor at fixed ω ≪ Ω0 in the RS states.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Sketch of the dynamic structure factor at fixed ω ≪ Ωδ in the RD phases.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
In this section we therefore sketch the corrected classification using the techniques of this paper.
Rational polynomials of simple type
There is a sketch of the curve in Figure B.1, where the inflection points and the sextactic points are marked by I and S respectively.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
There is a sketch of the curve in Figure B.3.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
There is a sketch of the curve in Figure B.4.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
That (i) implies (iii) is due to ; the reasoning is sketched in the proof of Proposition 3.8 below.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
For d > 2, the phase diagram is that sketched in Fig. 2.
Computer Science in Physics
We presented the definition of conformal blocks for specific VOAs, the ones that underly WZW theories. A general approach has been developped in ; here we just sketch the idea.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
In the rest of this section we will sketch the proof of Lemma 1, thereby seeing why this is the case.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
The phase diagram for the percolation behavior as functions of the external field and the random field strength is sketched and the properties of the transition are discussed.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
We shall consider three-dimensional lattices with periodic boundary condition and N = L3 spins. A sketch of the phase boundary is shown in Fig. 1.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
FIG. 1. A sketch of the phase boundary of the random field Ising model.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
Further generations are obtained by replacing all bonds of the previous one by the basic unit itself, as sketched in Figure 1.
The Random Field Ising Model on Hierarchical Lattices I: Phase Diagram and Thermodynamics