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[dih-skrip-shuh n] /dɪˈskrɪp ʃən/
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.
Origin of description
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
3. species; nature, character, condition; ilk. Unabridged
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  • It is also brilliantly written: dense with wry descriptions of choice observations.
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  • Money tries with lots of descriptions, but with some of this fruiting stuff, it really works better to see it in action.
  • And it gives less intuition then some straight descriptions.
  • Some planners built entire cities with detailed descriptions of how to fulfill the inhabitants' living needs.
  • Design is so obvious that descriptions of cells and functions have to use design terminology and purpose.
  • Possible answers: descriptions of the bag and its contents.
  • The last approach is to name animals by their body part, behavioral adaptations, or by whole body descriptions.
  • For instance, descriptions of smell have sometimes percolated into literature.
  • As they view the pictures, read to them some of the descriptions of the games so they understand how they were played.
British Dictionary definitions for descriptions


a statement or account that describes; representation in words
the act, process, or technique of describing
sort, kind, or variety: reptiles of every description
(geometry) the act of drawing a line or figure, such as an arc
(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 descriptions



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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