self-description

description

[dih-skrip-shuhn]
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:
1300–50; 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.
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description (dɪˈskrɪpʃən)
 
n
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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description
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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