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sketch

EnglishEdit

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A pen sketch (1) of a frog.
A sketch of a scheme.

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EtymologyEdit

From Dutch schets, from Italian schizzo, from Latin schedium, from Ancient Greek σχέδιος (skhédios, made suddenly, off-hand), from σχεδόν (skhedón, near, nearby), from ἔχω (ékhō, I hold). Compare scheme.

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VerbEdit

sketch (third-person singular simple present sketches, present participle sketching, simple past and past participle sketched)

  1. To make a brief, basic drawing.
    I usually sketch with a pen rather than a pencil.
  2. To describe briefly and with very few details.
    He sketched the accident, sticking to the facts as they had happened.

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NounEdit

sketch (plural sketches)

  1. A rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work, often consisting of a multitude of overlapping lines.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. []. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
    • 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106: 
      Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
  2. A rough design, plan, or draft, as a rough draft of a book.
  3. A brief description of a person or account of an incident; a general presentation or outline.
  4. A brief, light, or unfinished dramatic, musical, or literary work or idea; eg. a short, often humorous or satirical scene or play, frequently as part of a revue or variety show, a skit; or, a brief musical composition or theme, especially for the piano; or, a brief, light, or informal literary composition, such as an essay or short story.
  5. (informal) An amusing person.
  6. (slang, Ireland) Keeping sketch: to keep a lookout.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English sketch, from Dutch schets.

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NounEdit

sketch c (plural sketches, diminutive sketchje n)

  1. sketch, skit (short comic work)

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English.

NounEdit

sketch m (plural sketchs)

  1. sketch, skit (short comic work)

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English.

NounEdit

sketch m (invariable)

  1. sketch, skit (short comic work)

PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

sketch m (plural sketches)

  1. alternative form of esquete

SpanishEdit

NounEdit

sketch m (plural sketches)

  1. sketch (short comic work)