sketch

[[t]ske̱tʃ[/t]]
sketches, sketching, sketched
1) N-COUNT A sketch is a drawing that is done quickly without a lot of details. Artists often use sketches as a preparation for a more detailed painting or drawing.

...a sketch of a soldier by Orpen.

2) VERB If you sketch something, you make a quick, rough drawing of it.

[V n] Clare and David Astor are sketching a view of far Spanish hills...

I always sketch with pen and paper.

[V-ed] ...balconies and gates sketched on holidays in Spain and Italy...

[V-ing] Her hobbies were playing the guitar and sketching.

3) N-COUNT: usu N of n A sketch of a situation, person, or incident is a brief description of it without many details.

...thumbnail sketches of heads of state and political figures...

I had a basic sketch of a plan.

4) VERB If you sketch a situation or incident, you give a short description of it, including only the most important facts.

[V n] Cross sketched the story briefly, telling the facts just as they had happened.

Syn:
Sketch out means the same as sketch.

V P n (not pron) Luxembourg sketched out an acceptable compromise between Britain, France and Germany.

5) N-COUNT A sketch is a short humorous piece of acting, usually forming part of a comedy show.

...a five-minute sketch about a folk singer.

Phrasal Verbs:

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  • sketch — [ skɛtʃ ] n. m. • 1879; mot angl., proprt « esquisse » ♦ Courte scène, généralement comique et rapide, parfois improvisée, interprétée par un nombre restreint d acteurs. ⇒ saynète. Des sketchs ou des sketches. Il « fit représenter de petits… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Sketch — may refer to:Drawing and other visual arts * Sketch (drawing), a drawing or other composition that is not intended as a finished work, but a preliminary exploration. * SketchUp, a 3D modeling program. * iSketch, an online drawing game. * Sketch… …   Wikipedia

  • sketch — n 1 outline, diagram, delineation, draft, tracing, plot, blueprint (see under SKETCH vb) Analogous words: design, plot, *plan, scheme, project: *chart, map 2 précis, aperçu, *compendium, syllabus, digest, pandect, survey sketch vb Sketch, outline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sketch in — ˌsketch ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sketch in he/she/it sketches in present participle sketching in past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sketch — Sketch, n. [D. schets, fr. It. schizzo a sketch, a splash (whence also F. esquisse; cf. {Esquisse}.); cf. It. schizzare to splash, to sketch.] An outline or general delineation of anything; a first rough or incomplete draught or plan of any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sketch´er — sketch «skehch», noun, verb. –n. 1. a rough, quickly done drawing, painting, clay model, or design: »The artist made many sketches in pencil before painting the portrait. 2. an outline; plan: »Give me a sketch of his career. SYNONYM(S): draft,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sketch — Sm Darbietung einer pointierten Kurzszene erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. sketch, eigentlich Entwurf, Studie , dieses wohl aus nndl. schets Entwurf , aus it. schizzo, eigentlich Spritzer , für das man lautnachahmenden Ursprung… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • sketch — sketch·er; sketch·i·ly; sketch·i·ness; sketch; …   English syllables

  • sketch|y — «SKEHCH ee», adjective, sketch|i|er, sketch|i|est. 1. like a sketch; having or giving only outlines or main features. 2. Figurative. incomplete; done very roughly; …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sketch — Sketch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sketched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sketching}.] [Cf D. schetsen, It. schizzare. See {Sketch}, n.] 1. To draw the outline or chief features of; to make a rought of. [1913 Webster] 2. To plan or describe by giving the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sketch — [skech] n. [earlier schitz < Du schets < It schizzo < L schedium, extempore poem < Gr schedios, extempore, sudden < schein, to hold: see SCHEME] 1. a simple, rough drawing or design, done rapidly and without much detail 2. a brief… …   English World dictionary

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