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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
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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Examples for description
  • 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.
  • They displayed a minor talent for colorful description but none, alas, for punch lines.
  • Send us your best travel pics and a trip description of 250 words or less.
  • The cover letter should include a description of your previous research experience and long-term career goals.
  • That description is precise and concise.
  • In the box that opens, enter a name and a description.
  • Let me really try to give an accurate description.
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
description
mid-14c., from L. descriptionem, from stem of describere "write down, transcribe, copy, sketch," from de- "down" + scribere "write" (see script).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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