sketch

A sketch is a rough or brief outline of something. If you hand in a sketch, instead of your full paper, don't expect to get a very high grade!

The word sketch can be used when talking about something visual, particularly a drawing. An artist might sketch a friend in an hour, and then go home and take weeks to complete the portrait. A sketch can also refer to a short verbal or narrative account. You might want to give your friend a brief sketch of what happened to you today, instead of boring her with every last detail, including the hours you spent washing and then folding your laundry.

Definitions of sketch
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n preliminary drawing for later elaboration

Synonyms:
study
Types:
design
a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
draft, rough drawing
a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
vignette
a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
Type of:
drawing
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

n a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine

Synonyms:
cartoon
Types:
cartoon strip, comic strip, funnies, strip
a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
Type of:
humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

n short descriptive summary (of events)

Synonyms:
resume, survey
Type of:
sum-up, summary
a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form

n a brief literary description

Synonyms:
vignette
Type of:
description
the act of describing something

v make a sketch of

sketch the building”
Synonyms:
chalk out
Type of:
draw
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

v describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

Synonyms:
adumbrate, outline
Types:
block out
indicate roughly
Type of:
depict, describe, draw
give a description of

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