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thumbnail sketch

1. A small picture that presents a smaller version of a larger image or proposed image. Before fully redesigning the layout of the office, the interior designer provided me with a thumbnail sketch of his initial plans.
2. A short description or preview. Class, each of you will need to submit a thumbnail sketch of your essay topic for my approval.
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sketch something in

to draw in the image of someone or something. I sketched a figure of a woman in so that she appears to be standing beneath the tree. I'll sketch in the house in the upper left corner.
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sketch something out

to create a rough idea or image of something by sketching or some other means. (Does not necessarily require an actual sketch.) Sally sketched the furniture arrangement out so we could get an idea of what it was to look like. Would you sketch out your ideas, please?
See also: out, sketch

a thumbnail sketch

a brief or small picture or description. The manager gave a thumbnail sketch of her plans. The student wrote a thumbnail sketch of his project.
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thumbnail sketch

A brief outline or cursory description, as in Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of the situation. This idiom alludes to drawing a picture no larger than a thumbnail. [Mid-1800s]
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sketch in

v.
1. To add a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something to a larger work: The artist sketched in the leaves before painting. We finished sketching the margins in.
2. To give a general account or presentation of some aspect of a larger idea: The staff sketched in the details of the proposal. We sat down and sketched the fine points in.
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sketch out

v.
1. To make a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something, often as a preliminary study: The architect sketched out a couple of ideas on a napkin. I sketched the figure out with pencil before I started painting.
2. To give a brief general account or presentation of something; outline something: The president sketched out her plan for the following year. Before I started writing my paper, I sat down and sketched my ideas out.
3. Slang To cause someone to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation: Their strange customs sketched out the visitors. His creepy smile sketched us out.
See also: out, sketch

thumbnail sketch

n. a quick and concise description. (One that could be written on someone’s thumbnail.) Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of what happened.
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A sketched 2D idea can turn out to be not feasible in 3D and the process of constructing 3D models from an original 2D sketch is very time consuming and prone to design intent interpretation errors.
It also gives designers and design studio teams the ability to use 3D sketched curves to create a model with surface modeling or subdivision surface modeling tools within CATIA.
Recession" in the welfare state of Germany, according to the drawing on the invitation card, is in his view the imposition of limits on a thoroughly superfluous, prosperous life: Of five pints of beer sketched in concise strokes, two are crossed out.
When a sketch is added to a surface of a model, or if the model surface containing a sketched detail is changed, the geometries between the sketch and surface will remain linked.
About 30 feet from Ochoa, eight others sketched circle shapes and filled them with red, yellow, green, blue and brown colors - an M&M's package that had split open and spilled some of the round candies.
2][Delta]A have been applied qualitatively to a sketched cross-section, the Parallel Axis Theorem can be applied to simple building blocks in the cross-section to estimate Area Moment of Inertia quantitatively.
Final design would be a solid model, based on at least two or three sketched iterations of combined structural and castable geometry.
His winning entry, "Les Lumieres du Louvvre" (The Lights of the Lourve), was sketched during that first trip.
She has a fondness for patterns, solid grids, and more lightly sketched ones with super-imposed curvilinear forms.
By the time lunch is over, the artist has sketched a table on the balcony and the bridge beyond it.
he tells the computer that those roughly sketched lines are actually parallel, perpendicular or tangent to each other.
In other collages of the city, Templin inserts a fragment of an image of pool water on which she has sketched a rectangular prism.
Settled into a seat in a back row, Hamilton sketched Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki, the attorneys and the press corps.
With the help of another investigator pretending to steal Ponce's camcorder, the youngsters provided a description of the culprit, whom Ponce in turn sketched.