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
  1. noun
    preliminary drawing for later elaboration
    synonyms: study
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    a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
    draft, rough drawing
    a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
    a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
    type of:
    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
  2. noun
    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
    synonyms: cartoon
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    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
  3. noun
    short descriptive summary (of events)
    synonyms: resume, survey
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    type of:
    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
  4. noun
    a brief literary description
    synonyms: vignette
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    type of:
    the act of describing something
  5. verb
    make a sketch of
    sketch the building”
    synonyms: chalk out
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    type of:
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
  6. verb
    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
    synonyms: adumbrate, outline
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    block out
    indicate roughly
    type of:
    depict, describe, draw
    give a description of
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