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dɪˈskrɪp ʃənde·scrip·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. description(noun)

    sort or variety

    "every description of book was there"

  2. description, verbal description(noun)

    a statement that represents something in words

  3. description(noun)

    the act of describing something


  1. description(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From descriptio.

  2. description(Noun)

    The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.

    Etymology: From descriptio.

  3. description(Noun)

    A set of characteristics by which someone or something can be recognized.

    Etymology: From descriptio.

  4. description(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From descriptio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Description(noun)

    the act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs

  2. Description(noun)

    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

  3. Description(noun)

    a class to which a certain representation is applicable; kind; sort


  1. Description

    Description is one of four rhetorical modes, along with exposition, argumentation, and narration. Each of the rhetorical modes is present in a variety of forms and each has its own purpose and conventions. The act of description may be related to that of definition. Description is also the fiction-writing mode for transmitting a mental image of the particulars of a story.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Description

    de-skrip′shun, n. act of describing: an account of anything in words: definition: sort, class, or kind.—adj. Descrip′tive, containing description.—adv. Descrip′tively.—n. Descrip′tiveness.

Editors Contribution

  1. description

    To describe using words.

    The description of the holiday resort was so accurate you could imagine you were there.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'description' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2035

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'description' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2807

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'description' in Nouns Frequency: #708

Anagrams for description »

  1. discerption, predictions

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of description in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of description in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of description in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    Director Comey testified that Director Comey choice was to ‘ conceal or speak ’ about the Hillary Clinton investigation in the latter two weeks of the campaign, this highly-loaded description meant to justify the decision Director Comey made in the waning days of the presidential campaign is a poor characterization of the choice Director Comey faced. Schiff said the.

  2. Jack Drescher:

    [It] is a purely medical description of a person who undergoes some medical or surgical treatment to change them from the gender they were born into the gender they wish to be.

  3. The ECJ:

    The mark does not relate to a specific shape of sole for high-heeled shoes since the description of that mark explicitly states that the contour of the shoe does not form part of the mark and is intended purely to show the positioning of the red color covered by the registration.

  4. Stephen Hawking:

    Humanities deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for continuing our quest. and our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Love is beyond human description or definition. That is to say, it can never be overemphasized, no matter how well you try to describe it or define it. In fact, there is more to it (Love) than you can imagine. -Emeasoba George

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. currish
    • B. valetudinarian
    • C. jejune
    • D. motile

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