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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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Students were told they had to do at least four thumbnail sketches to get their ideas down on paper before they moved on to the rough draft.
Manley presents thumbnail sketches of each travelers experiences.
Filled with zany bright portraits and thumbnail sketches of unusual, unlikely animals, "ODDphabet" is a board book that excels in stimulation and surprise.
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He recently completely his three-book anthology, “The SETI Trilogy” and has a 12-volume book series, “Visit the Zoo” containing photographs and thumbnail sketches with background information of over 120 zoo animals.
Here are thumbnail sketches of the eight new breweries and brewpubs slated to open in the Philly market in the near-term.
Thirty five profiles unfold in these pages, plus numerous thumbnail sketches. Subjects include Key West's Tony Tarracino, Panama City's Jim Wilson, Lake O's Sam Griffin and of course, Florida Sportsman's founder Karl Wickstrom and founding editor Vic Dunaway--and a few that I guarantee you don't know about, though you'd like to.
Neither is meant to be a comprehensive encyclopaedia but rather a collection of thumbnail sketches. Also coming from Scholastic is My Australian Story: My Father "s War by Sophie Masson about a father fighting on the Somme in France; Black Dog (Our Stories) The Heroes of the Kokoda Track Nicolas Brasch ($16.99 pbk).
In repeat visits, Kate stood atop the dome, taking photographs, making notes and compiling thumbnail sketches, to set about capturing the continuously changing sky-scape of the capital.
This edition incorporates thumbnail sketches of daily life for each period, new texts from Emily Bronte, Carol Ann Duffy, W.H.
In the weeks leading up to the general election, I urge my fellow Wavertree voters to look for themselves at the depth of the knowledge and commitment the candidates show, not just the thumbnail sketches of political journalists.
''Once I have the characters and expressions I start playing around with thumbnail sketches for compositional and tonal ideas.
It covers all eight contemporary Arab monarchies--Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Morocco--presenting detailed factual information and thumbnail sketches of rulers, royal families, political institutions, constituents, royal succession, current problems and dilemmas.
"Most of my creations begin with my own photographs and/or several thumbnail sketches. I try to create a dialogue with the viewers of my work by using my own mixed media visual language with bold colors and rich surface textures.