Delineation is the act of representing something or describing it. The portrait you paint of your best friend is a delineation of that person.

A delineation can refer to any kind of pictorial representation of something else, like a geometric sketch or a map of a city. A delineation more generally means any kind of accurate or vivid portrayal of something else. So, a lively summary of a book that makes the listener feel she read it herself can be a delineation. Telling someone else what you dreamed about last night is a delineation of that dream.

Definitions of delineation

n a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects

depiction, limning, line drawing
a depiction in the form of an animal
Type of:
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

n representation by drawing or painting etc

depiction, portrayal
the activity of making portraits
Type of:
pictorial representation, picturing
visual representation as by photography or painting

n a graphic or vivid verbal description

characterisation, characterization, depiction, picture, word picture, word-painting
descriptive word or phrase
portrait, portraiture, portrayal
a word picture of a person's appearance and character
Type of:
description, verbal description
a statement that represents something in words

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