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description

[dih-skrip-shuh n] /dɪˈskrɪp ʃən/
noun
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.
4.
Geometry. the act or process of describing a figure.
Origin of description
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English descripcioun < Latin dēscrīptiōn- (stem of dēscrīptiō), equivalent to dēscrīpt(us) (past participle of dēscrībere to describe) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
predescription, noun
redescription, noun
self-description, noun
Synonyms
3. species; nature, character, condition; ilk.
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  • It reminded us of Mrs. Peary's description of native smells in Greenland.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • The description of Ranelagh (in the chapter on Music) is too lengthy to reproduce.

  • "I like her better than I like your description of her," Isabel persisted in saying.

  • I was only thinking of our friend's description of his awfulness.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • By this time all the roads into Metz were blocked with transport of every description.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
British Dictionary definitions for description

description

/dɪˈskrɪpʃən/
noun
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 and History for description
n.

late 14c., from Old French description (12c.) and directly from Latin descriptionem (nominative descriptio) "representation, description, copy," noun of action from past participle stem of describere "write down, transcribe, copy, sketch," from de- "down" (see de-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)).

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