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tr.v. de·scribed, de·scrib·ing, de·scribes
1. To give an account of in speech or writing: describe a sea voyage.
2. To convey an idea or impression of; characterize: She described her childhood as a time of wonder and discovery.
3. To represent pictorially; depict: Goya's etchings describe the horrors of war in grotesque detail.
4. To trace the form or outline of: describe a circle with a compass.

[Middle English describen, from Latin dēscrībere, to write down : dē-, de- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

de·scrib′a·ble adj.
de·scrib′er n.
Synonyms: describe, narrate, recite, recount, relate, report
These verbs mean to tell the facts, details, or particulars of something in speech or in writing: described the accident; narrated their travel experiences; an explorer reciting her adventures; a mercenary recounting his exploits; related the day's events; reported what she had seen.
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His dramatic power, also, at its best, is superb; in his great scenes and crises he is masterly as narrator and describer. In the presentation of the characters there is often much of the same superficiality as in the poems, but there is much also of the highest skill.
"We provided highquality footage of the production for the audio describer to work from as they prepared the script," says Charlotte Newman, ENB's participation and events officer.
The tour will be co-delivered by Anne Hornsby (audio describer), and one of Tate Liverpool's Visitor Experience team.
The student improved the description of an initial nominal group with the inclusion of a describer or classifier as in the following examples: This entertainment (13) became The aforementioned kind of entertainment (16) and a book (20) a simple book (24).
Have students find a partner and select who will be the "describer" and who will be the "drawer." Give the "describer" a printed copy of the work with the tide at the bottom.
in the Republic of Letters." (5) In light of his dubious expertise and conduct, we might repurpose, somewhat cheekily, Sharon Marcus, Heather Love, and Stephen Best's caricature of the "bad describer" in the humanities and social sciences and register "Gerard," whose surname, for me, is a catch-all for the multiple laboring hands of The Herball, as sixteenth-century plant natural history's worst describer.
Where "Kf" is Freundlich sorption coefficient and describer of isotherm slope is denoted by "n".
Naming an organism is chosen by the describer. It can be the name of the collector, the locality where it was found, or its unique characteristics.
Zafon is also a fine describer of city sights--vividly depicting both the touristic and obscure parts of Barcelona and Madrid--and his storytelling is impressively architectural." MARK LAWSON
Q: Describer the atmosphere and history of the building?