Description definition

dĭ-skrĭpshən
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The act, process, or technique of describing.
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A statement or passage that describes.
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A statement or an account describing something.

Published a description of the journey; gave a vivid description of the game.

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A kind or sort.

Cars of every size and description.

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A pictorial representation.

Monet's ethereal descriptions of haystacks and water lilies.

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The definition of a description is a statement that gives details about someone or something.

An example of description is a story about the places visited on a family trip.

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The act, process, art, or technique of describing or picturing in words.
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Sort, kind, or variety.

Books of every description.

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The act of tracing or outlining.

The description of a circle.

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A set of characteristics by which someone or something can be recognized.
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The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
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(biology) A scientific documentation of a specimen intended to reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.

The type description of the fungus was written by a botanist.

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A sketch or account of anything in words; a portraiture or representation in language; an enumeration of the essential qualities of a thing or species.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
description
Plural:
descriptions

Origin of description

  • Middle English descripcioun from Anglo-Norman from Latin dēscrīptiō dēscrīptiōn- from dēscrīptus past participle of dēscrībere to write down describe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French description, from Latin dēscriptiō.

    From Wiktionary