De*lin`e*a"tion (?), n. [L. delineatio: cf. F. d'elin'eation.]
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 shades; accurate and minute representation, as distinguished from art that is careless of details, or subordinates them excessively.
A delineated picture; representation; sketch; description in words.
Their softest delineations of female beauty.
Syn. -- Sketch; portrait; outline. See Sketch.
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