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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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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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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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We presented the government with a thumbnail sketch of what the new corporation could be and we wanted $2-million to flesh this out.
The novel begins with his list of top five heartbreaks, which he annotates, thus giving the reader a thumbnail sketch of Rob's life.
I gave him a brief thumbnail sketch of William Faulkner--Mississippian, great writer, appreciator of the soil and good bourbon--before quoting what Faulkner had written of the mule: 'He will work for you patiently for ten years for the chance to kick you once.
offers an excellent thumbnail sketch of Grail's history with its spiritually rich and politically responsive developments in recent years, including the introduction of neopaganism, holistic health, and ecofeminism in the 1980s.
Obviously, the bigger the company the more information is generally available, nevertheless here is a thumbnail sketch of many of the food businesses in the UK and it demonstrates what they have been doing in the last two years.
The remainder of this article provides a thumbnail sketch of the IRS's current expert systems projects.
Where a field guide offers a thumbnail sketch, this book takes you through a bird's daily feeding, grooming, fighting, breeding, and flying.
Written by award winning children's author Donna McDine, "Powder Monkey" is a thumbnail sketch of the impressment experience of 12-year-old Tommy Kitt who was taken by force with his older brother from his parents' farm by a Royal Navy press gang to serve as a powder monkey and ship boy in a battleship at sea.
Students under-painted the lines and shapes of their thumbnail sketch, and then began to paint their piece, creating a unique and original painting based off of their unique and original collage.
The thumbnail sketch of Thomas Tallis's 40-part motet Spem in alium, written by Simon Halsey, principal conductor of The Sage's choral activities, told us all we needed to enjoy this Elizabethan masterpiece.
Section 1 describes current ECEC practices, and federal/provincial initiatives and offers a thumbnail sketch of the state of Canada's ECEC data.
Almost a thumbnail sketch for a much bigger movie, Peter Gothar's "Passport" begins like a Central Euro slice of miserabilism but expands into an affecting tale, told in a slightly exaggerated, stylized manner, of a wife's battle to build a family life.
Magnet's argument is hardly so simplistic as a thumbnail sketch implies.
Calling up project X from the Daily Plan-it calendar or to-do list not only provides an instant thumbnail sketch on the subject but also gives the user the ability to automatically launch right into the spre adsheet if more information is required or spreadsheet work has to be done on project X.
For a thumbnail sketch of the solution, please see this writer's article on the last page.