delineate

[dih-lin-ee-eyt]
verb (used with object), delineated, delineating.
1.
to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline; represent pictorially: He delineated the state of Texas on the map with a red pencil.
2.
to portray in words; describe or outline with precision: In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.

Origin:
1550–60; < Latin dēlīneātus, equivalent to dē- de- + līneātus lineate

delineable [dih-lin-ee-uh-buhl] , adjective
predelineate, verb (used with object), predelineated, predelineating.
undelineable, adjective
undelineated, adjective
well-delineated, adjective
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delineate (dɪˈlɪnɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to trace the shape or outline of; sketch
2.  to represent pictorially, as by making a chart or diagram; depict
3.  to portray in words, esp with detail and precision; describe
 
[C16: from Latin dēlīneāre to sketch out, from līnealine1]
 
de'lineable
 
adj
 
deline'ation
 
n
 
de'lineative
 
adj

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delineate
1550s, from L. delineatus, pp. of delineare, from de- "completely" + lineare "draw lines," from linea "line" (see line (n.)).
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Example sentences
Each painting helps advance the action and delineate the characters.
They also have their own culture, which varies from tribe to tribe and helps
  delineate individuals.
The deep back window recalls old Volvo sports cars, and small lights delineate
  the grille.
Architects have adopted digital panoramas as a way to delineate spaces that are
  difficult to photograph.
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