1. [syn: outline, synopsis, abstract, precis]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Synopsis \Syn*op"sis\, n.; pl. Synopses. [L., from Gr. ?; sy`n
with, together + ? a sight, view, from the root seen in E.
A general view, or a collection of heads or parts so arranged
as to exhibit a general view of the whole; an abstract or
summary of a discourse; a syllabus; a conspectus.
That the reader may see in one view the exactness of
the method, as well as force of the argument, I shall
here draw up a short synopsis of this epistle. --Bp.
Syn: Abridgment; compendium; epitome; abstract; summary;
syllabus; conspectus. See Abridgment.
[1913 Webster] Synoptic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or
theory [syn: outline, synopsis, abstract, precis]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
50 Moby Thesaurus words for "synopsis":
abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridgement, abridgment,
abstract, apercu, apocope, breviary, brief, capsule, compend,
compendium, compression, condensation, condensed version,
conspectus, curtailment, digest, draft, elision, ellipsis, epitome,
epitomization, foreshortening, head, outline, overview, pandect,
precis, recap, recapitulation, reduction, resume, retrenchment,
review, rubric, shortened version, shortening, skeleton, sketch,
summary, summation, survey, syllabus, syncope, telescoping,
thumbnail sketch, topical outline, truncation