sketch

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sketch /skɛtʃ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Fine Arta simply or quickly made drawing or painting, giving the basic features.
  2. a rough design, plan, or draft, as of a book.
  3. a brief or hasty outline of facts, occurrences, etc.:a quick sketch of what had happened.
  4. Literaturea short piece of writing, usually descriptive.
  5. Show Businessa short comic piece or routine.

v. 
  1. to make a sketch or sketches of (something or someone): [+ object]He sketched a quick drawing of the skyline.[no object]artists sketching along the river.
  2. to set forth or describe in a brief or general way:[+ object]sketched the plan that he would use to trap his enemy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sketch  (skech),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Fine Arta simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, esp. a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.
  2. a rough design, plan, or draft, as of a book.
  3. a brief or hasty outline of facts, occurrences, etc.:a sketch of his life.
  4. Literaturea short, usually descriptive, essay, history, or story.
  5. Show Businessa short play or slight dramatic performance, as one forming part of a vaudeville program.

v.t. 
  1. to make a sketch of.
  2. to set forth in a brief or general account:He sketched his own part in the affair.
  3. Metallurgy(in a steel mill or the like) to mark (a piece) for cutting.

v.i. 
  1. to make a sketch or sketches.
sketcher, n. 
sketching•ly, adv. 
sketchlike′, adj. 
  • Greek schédios
  • Latin schedium extemporaneous poem, noun, nominal use of neuter of schedius extempore
  • Dutch schets (noun, nominal) Italian schizzo
  • 1660–70
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged outline.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged skit, act, routine.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged draw, outline, design, rough out, delineate, represent. See  depict. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sketch /skɛtʃ/ n
  1. a rapid drawing or painting, often a study for subsequent elaboration
  2. a brief usually descriptive and informal essay or other literary composition
  3. a short play, often comic, forming part of a revue
  4. a short evocative piece of instrumental music, esp for piano
  5. any brief outline
vb
  1. to make a rough drawing (of)
  2. (transitive) often followed by out: to make a brief description of
Etymology: 17th Century: from Dutch schets, via Italian from Latin schedius hastily made, from Greek skhedios unprepared

ˈsketcher n
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