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
  1. noun
    a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
    synonyms: depiction, limning, line drawing
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    a depiction in the form of an animal
    type of:
    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
  2. noun
    representation by drawing or painting etc
    synonyms: depiction, portrayal
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    the activity of making portraits
    type of:
    pictorial representation, picturing
    visual representation as by photography or painting
  3. noun
    a graphic or vivid verbal description
    synonyms: characterisation, characterization, depiction, picture, word picture, word-painting
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    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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