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  • v. Present participle of descry.


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  • Or was the Prince of Astrology already above the starry ceiling of the studiolo with Paul of Middleburg, descrying signs from the heavens regarding the health of the duke and dukedom?

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Within about 30 seconds, the guy I was descrying focused on someone in the middle of the audience.

    WonderCon 2010 - Very Serious About Content Pirates

  • He has no problem descrying "moral responsibility" but he's fuzzy about legal responsibility such as the definition of slander.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy says why Barack Obama will be President.

  • But, descrying traces of unmuddled harmony in a part-song one day, he gave his two under cellarmen faint hopes of getting on towards something in course of time.

    No Thoroughfare

  • The friendly breeze freshened again next day, and on we went once more before it gallantly: descrying now and then an English ship going homeward under shortened sail, while we, with every inch of canvas crowded on, dashed gaily past, and left her far behind.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • Bunsby, descrying no objection, on the coast of Greenland or elsewhere, to this proposal, it was carried into execution; and that great man, bringing his eye into the present for a moment, affixed his sign – manual to the cover, totally abstaining, with characteristic modesty, from the use of capital letters.

    Dombey and Son

  • But, sitting with my pen in my hand looking at those words again, without descrying any hint in them of the words that should follow, it comes into my mind that they have an abrupt appearance.

    George Silvermans's Explanation

  • To my surprise, I heard no more about it for some two or three weeks, though I was sufficiently interested in the result of his endeavours; descrying a strange gleam of good sense — I say nothing of good feeling, for that he always exhibited — in the conclusion to which he had come.

    David Copperfield

  • The Athenian day-watch descrying him, signalled to the generals, and they, with twenty sail, put out to sea to attack him.


  • Arthur continuing to lie very ill in the Marshalsea, and Mr Rugg descrying no break in the legal sky affording a hope of his enlargement,

    Little Dorrit


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