from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To catch sight of (something difficult to discern). See Synonyms at see1.
- transitive v. To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect: descried a message of hope in her words.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To see
- v. To notice carefully; to detect
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To spy out or discover by the eye, as objects distant or obscure; to espy; to recognize; to discern; to discover.
- transitive v. To discover; to disclose; to reveal.
- n. Discovery or view, as of an army seen at a distance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To proclaim; announce; make known.
- To detect; find out; discover (anything concealed).
- To spy out; explore; examine by observation.
- To discover by vision; get a sight of; make out by looking: as, the lookout descried land.
- n. Discovery; something discovered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. catch sight of
Middle English descrien, from Old French descrier, to call, cry out; see decry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French descrier ("to proclaim, announce, cry"). (Wiktionary)