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de·scrip·tion

 (dĭ-skrĭp′shən)
n.
1. The act, process, or technique of describing.
2. A statement or an account describing something: published a description of the journey; gave a vivid description of the game.
3. A pictorial representation: Monet's ethereal descriptions of haystacks and water lilies.
4. A kind or sort: cars of every size and description.

[Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dēscrīptiō, dēscrīptiōn-, from dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere, to write down; see describe.]

description

(dɪˈskrɪpʃən)
n
1. a statement or account that describes; representation in words
2. the act, process, or technique of describing
3. sort, kind, or variety: reptiles of every description.
4. (Mathematics) geometry the act of drawing a line or figure, such as an arc
5. (Grammar) philosophy a noun phrase containing a predicate that may replace a name as the subject of a sentence

de•scrip•tion

(dɪˈskrɪp ʃən)

n.
1. a statement, picture in words, or account that describes; descriptive representation.
2. the act or method of describing.
3. sort; kind; variety: dogs of every description.
[1300–50; Middle English descripcioun < Latin dēscrīptiō; see describe, -tion]

description

A description of someone or something is an account of what they are like.

They now had a description of Calthrop and a photograph of his head and shoulders.
...his description of army life in Northern Ireland.
...a detailed description of the house.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.description - a statement that represents something in wordsdescription - a statement that represents something in words
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
job description - description of the responsibilities associated with a given job
spec, specification - a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
characterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, word picture, word-painting, picture - a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
2.description - the act of describing something
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
characterisation, characterization - the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features; "the media's characterization of Al Gore as a nerd"
label - a brief description given for purposes of identification; "the label Modern is applied to many different kinds of architecture"
detailing, particularisation, particularization - an individualized description of a particular instance
vignette, sketch - a brief literary description
3.description - sort or variety; "every description of book was there"
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"

description

noun
1. account, report, explanation, representation, sketch, narrative, portrayal, depiction, narration, characterization, delineation He gave a description of the surgery he was about to perform.
2. calling, naming, branding, labelling, dubbing, designation his description of the country as a 'police state'
3. kind, sort, type, order, class, variety, brand, species, breed, category, kidney, genre, genus, ilk Events of this description occurred daily.

description

noun
1. A recounting of past events:
2. The act or process of describing in lifelike imagery:
3. A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members:
Informal: persuasion.
Translations
popisvylíčenídruh
beskrivelseberetning
kuvaus
opis
féle
lÿsandi frásögnlÿsingtegund
記述
묘사
popis
opis
beskrivning
คำอธิบาย
sự mô tả

description

[dɪsˈkrɪpʃən] N
1. [of person, scene, object] → descripción f
do you know anyone of this description?¿sabe de alguien que responda a esta descripción?
beyond descriptionindescriptible
see also answer B2
2. (= sort) he carried a gun of some descriptionllevaba un arma de algún tipo
of every descriptionde toda clase

description

[dɪˈskrɪpʃən] n
(= account) → description f
[wanted person] → signalement m
(= sort) → sorte f
of every description → de toutes sortes
of some description → quelconque
of any description
Knives of any description are forbidden → Les couteaux, quels qu'ils soient, sont interdits.

description

n
Beschreibung f; (of event, situation)Schilderung f, → Beschreibung f; she gave a detailed description of what had happenedsie beschrieb ausführlich, was vorgefallen war; this is beyond descriptiondas ist ja unbeschreiblich; to answer (to) or fit the description of …der Beschreibung als … entsprechen; they answer or fit the description of the suspectsauf sie trifft die Beschreibung der Verdächtigen zu; do you know anyone of this description?kennen Sie jemanden, der dieser Beschreibung entspricht or auf den diese Beschreibung zutrifft?
(= sort)Art f; vehicles of every description or of all descriptionsFahrzeuge aller Art
(Math) → Beschreibung f

description

[dɪsˈkrɪpʃn] n
a. (of person, scene, object) → descrizione f; (of event) → racconto; (of suspect) → connotati mpl, descrizione
beyond description → oltre ogni dire
b. (sort) → genere m, specie f
he carried a gun of some description → aveva una pistola di qualche tipo
of every description → di ogni genere e specie

describe

(diˈskraib) verb
1. to give an account of in words; to tell in words what something or someone is like. He described what had happened; Would you describe her as beautiful?
2. to say that one is something. He describes himself as a salesman.
deˈscription (-ˈskrip-) noun
1. (an) act of describing. I recognized him from your description.
2. an account of anything in words. He gave a description of his holiday.
3. a sort or kind. He carried a gun of some description.

to describe (not describe about) a scene.

description

وَصْف popis beskrivelse Beschreibung περιγραφή descripción kuvaus description opis descrizione 記述 묘사 beschrijving beskrivelse opis descrição описание beskrivning คำอธิบาย betimleme sự mô tả 描述
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Her teachers complained that instead of doing her sums she covered her slate with animals, the blank pages of her atlas were used to copy maps on, and caricatures of the most ludicrous description came fluttering out of all her books at unlucky moments.
There is in some of these papers a description of the idol, which is not exactly a beauty, judged from modern standards.
In the yard, which was kept scrupulously neat, were flowers and plants of every description which flourishes in South Louisiana.
Then, holding the brand, he crossed a deep, narrow chasm in the rocks which ran at right angles with the passage they were in, but which, unlike that, was open to the heavens, and entered another cave, answering to the description of the first, in every essential particular.
Thus we passed through a scene of sufferings that exceeds description.
It might have been taken for a ghostly or phantasmagoric reflection of the old shopkeeper Pyncheon's shabbily provided shelves, save that some of the articles were of a description and outward form which could hardly have been known in his day.
The first time was three or four years since, when I favoured the reader -- inexcusably, and for no earthly reason that either the indulgent reader or the intrusive author could imagine -- with a description of my way of life in the deep quietude of an Old Manse.
I forbore, for the moment, to analyze this description further than by the reflection that a part of it applied to several of the members of the household, of the half-dozen maids and men who were still of our small colony.
This man interested me at once; and since the sea-gods had ordained that he should soon become my shipmate (though but a sleeping-partner one, so far as this narrative is concerned), I will here venture upon a little description of him.
1] A machine of this description was really the invention of a young colored man in Kentucky.
Of course this novice's report lacked whoop and crash and lurid description, and therefore wanted the true ring; but its antique wording was quaint and sweet and simple, and full of the fragrances and flavors of the time, and these little merits made up in a meas- ure for its more important lacks.
There was one curious effect, which I need not take the trouble to describe--because I can scissor a description of it out of the railway company's advertising pamphlet, and say my ink: