outline-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a boundary trace of an object

Commentary: OUTLINE[+form][+shape][+trace][+of_boundary][+of_object]

Using charcoal, the artist quickly drew an outline of the dancer.
The outline of a face was barely visible through the dense fog.
This outline is for the back panel of the coat, not the front of it.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a sketchy summary or overview of something

Commentary: OUTLINE[+information][+content][+summary][+sketchy]

In one hour I can only give you the briefest outline of the current state of genetic engineering.
The article covers the main outline of his political career.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a document which is a schematic plan of something

Commentary: OUTLINE[+artifact][+document][+plan][+schematic]

The professor handed out a three-page outline of the course on the first day of class.
The students had to hand in a one-page outline of their proposed essay by Friday.
The architect delivered preliminary outlines of the proposed shopping mall to the building committee.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3