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1 a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters" [syn: word picture, word-painting, depiction, picture, characterization, characterisation]
2 a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects [syn: depiction, limning, line drawing]
3 representation by drawing or painting etc [syn: depiction, portrayal]

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  1. The act of representing, portraying, or describing, as by lines, diagrams, sketches, etc.; drawing an outline; as, the delineation of a scene or face; in drawing and engraving, representation by means of lines, as distinguished from representation by means of tints and shades; accurate and minute representation, as distinguished from art that is careless of details, or subordinates them excessively.
  2. A delineated picture; representation; sketch; description in words.

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