a statement, picture in words, or account that describes; descriptive representation.
the act or method of describing.
sort; kind; variety: dogs of every description.
Geometry. the act or process of describing a figure.

1300–50; Middle English descripcioun < Latin dēscrīptiōn- (stem of dēscrīptiō), equivalent to dēscrīpt(us) (past participle of dēscrībere to describe) + -iōn- -ion

predescription, noun
redescription, noun
self-description, noun

3. species; nature, character, condition; ilk. Unabridged
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description (dɪˈskrɪpʃən)
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.  geometry the act of drawing a line or figure, such as an arc
5.  philosophy a noun phrase containing a predicate that may replace a name as the subject of a sentence

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from L. descriptionem, from stem of describere "write down, transcribe, copy, sketch," from de- "down" + scribere "write" (see script).
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Idioms & Phrases


see beggar description.

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Example sentences
She sees our approach to food as a kind of behavior, in itself a description of
  the nuances of character.
His description of his own actions on the night of the speech must be seen in
  that light.
Go through the job description line by line.
One problem for the early committees was deciding what Nobel had meant by his
  rather sketchy description of the prizes.
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