Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, or technique of describing.
  • n. A statement or an account describing something: published a description of the journey; gave a vivid description of the game.
  • n. A pictorial representation: Monet's ethereal descriptions of haystacks and water lilies.
  • n. A kind or sort: cars of every size and description.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sketch or account of anything in words; a portraiture or representation in language; an enumeration of the essential qualities of a thing or species.
  • n. The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
  • n. A set of characteristics by which someone or something can be recognized.
  • n. A scientific documentation of a specimen intended to reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
  • n. A sketch or account of anything in words; a portraiture or representation in language; an enumeration of the essential qualities of a thing or species.
  • n. A class to which a certain representation is applicable; kind; sort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of delineating or depicting; representation by visible lines, marks, colors, etc.
  • n. The act of representing a thing by words or signs, or the account or writing containing such representation; a statement designed to make known the appearance, nature, attributes, accidents, or incidents of anything: as, a description of a house or of a battle.
  • n. The qualities expressed in a representation; the combination of qualities which go to constitute a class or an individual, and would be mentioned in describing it; hence, a variety; sort; kind.
  • n. Synonyms Relation, Narrative, etc. (see account), delineation, portrayal, sketch.
  • n. Sort, cast, quality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sort or variety
  • n. the act of describing something
  • n. a statement that represents something in words

Etymologies

Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dēscrīptiō, dēscrīptiōn-, from dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere, to write down; see describe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin descriptio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The description of the plague follows, but it follows only _as a description_.

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  • It is power unlimited placed in the hands of _an adverse_ description _because it is an adverse description_.

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  • [description] = @description WHERE [FAQID] = @FAQID

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  • #DocC documentation prototype userinput = raw_input ( "Please specify file path:") input = file (userinput, "r") source_code = input. read () description = re. compile ( '(@description ").

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  • "UPDATE [files] SET [description] = @description, [password] = @password, [title] = @title,

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  • While it provides a date taken, only a brief sentence in description is provided.

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  • Scent, the term description of influence of the atmosphere upon

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  • I was asked by a customer how to change the title description for a SharePoint page (in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007).

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  • As for the title description, it should be "only on planet earth ..."

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  • I'm not trying to knock it because a lot of times that description is code for "the one before and the one after is better".

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