Definition of delineation in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˌlɪnɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of describing or portraying something precisely: the artist’s exquisite delineation of costume and jewellery
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  • Smooth gradients typically work better than sharp delineations of color.
  • In their place would come themes, ending the rigid delineation of topics.
  • Our cover list is not a perfect delineation of popularity.
portrayal, description, presentation, depiction, representation, picture, portrait, account
2The action of indicating the exact position of a border or boundary: the eventual delineation of the border between the two states
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  • Eight metres down, I notice a sharp delineation in the water.
  • The final delineation of the frontier was a compromise more favorable to the Manchus than to the Russians.
  • The delineation of built-up areas will define the areas where countryside policies apply.

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