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Definitions for description
dɪˈskrɪp ʃənde·scrip·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. description, verbal descriptionnoun

    a statement that represents something in words

  2. descriptionnoun

    the act of describing something

  3. descriptionnoun

    sort or variety

    "every description of book was there"

Wiktionary

  1. descriptionnoun

    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.

  2. descriptionnoun

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

  3. descriptionnoun

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

  4. descriptionnoun

    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.

  5. Etymology: From descriptio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Descriptionnoun

    Etymology: descriptio, Latin.

    A poet must refuse all tedious and unnecessary descriptions: a robe which is too heavy, is less an ornament than a burthen. John Dryden, Dufresnoy, Preface.

    Sometimes misguided by the tuneful throng,
    I look for streams immortaliz’d in song,
    That lost in silence and oblivion lie,
    Dumb are their fountains, and their channels dry,
    That run for ever by the muse’s skill,
    And in the smooth description murmur still. Addison.

    This sort of definition, which is made up of a mere collection of the most remarkable parts or properties, is called an imperfect definition, or a description; whereas the definition is called perfect when it is composed of the essential difference, added to general nature or genus. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    I’ll pay six thousand, and deface the bond,
    Before a friend of this description
    Shall lose a hair. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

Wikipedia

  1. Description

    Description is the pattern of narrative development that aims to make vivid a place, object, character, or group. Description is one of four rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse), along with exposition, argumentation, and narration. In practice it would be difficult to write literature that drew on just one of the four basic modes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Descriptionnoun

    the act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs

  2. Descriptionnoun

    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. Descriptionnoun

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

Freebase

  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  

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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

  2. predictions

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Numerology

  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. Donald Trump:

    When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know, today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance.

  2. Bill Whitehouse:

    The description in his email was it was a bit of a gnarly dive, which means there were complications and problems, quite a strong flow, current, so they're having to swim against the current and pull themselves along the walls. The visibility in the water wouldn't have been very good.

  3. Kate Polglase:

    We then went back to Google Earth to find any situation, any location near the airport that match that description and luckily we found this, here's the yellow structure.

  4. Carolina Barbosa:

    Our study shows that people did n’t just increase their alcohol consumption for a month or two at the beginning of the pandemic – the trend held for nearly the entire year, increases in alcohol consumption have been associated with natural disasters and other large-scale events that induce stress and anxiety, and a pandemic certainly fits that description.

  5. Joanna Wojdy?o:

    There’s also a very interesting collection of 39 Virgin Mary pictures, each with detailed description of the family it belonged to and to which country they had emigrated to.

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