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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.]
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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
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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]
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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.
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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?"
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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.
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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.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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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The brazen self-interest of the Xerox Board defies description. Over the next few months, we intend to see that "massively conflicted" Jeff Jacobson and old guard directors like Bob Keegan, Ann Reese and Chuck Prince, who have already done so much damage to the company, and are continuing to do more damage with these actions, are held fully and personally liable for their misconduct.
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