description

noun
de·​scrip·​tion | \di-ˈskrip-shən \

Definition of description 

1a : an act of describing specifically : discourse intended to give a mental image of something experienced beautiful beyond description gave an accurate description of what he saw

b : a statement or account giving the characteristics of someone or something : a descriptive statement or account The review was little more than a description of the film's plot.

2 : kind or character especially as determined by salient (see salient entry 1 sense 3b) features someone fitting the suspect's description had toys of every description opposed to any tax of so radical a description

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type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group. one of three basic body types kind may suggest natural grouping. a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind sort often suggests some disparagement. the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses. two problems of a similar nature description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined. not all acts of that description are actually illegal character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type. research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character

Examples of description in a Sentence

Reporters called the scene “a disaster area,” and I think that was an accurate description. I applied for the position after reading the job description. a writer with a gift of description
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The changes will allow screen readers to describe photos, either automatically using AI or by reading custom descriptions added by users. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 The algorithm can also create a list of animals ranked by their risk of carrying disease, as well as a description of the traits that determine that risk. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Sellers snap a picture and enter a description to get started. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best apps and sites for selling used home goods," 8 Nov. 2018 An Amber Alert was issued without a description of a suspect or vehicle. Fox News, "Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway," 16 Oct. 2018 And the fact that each wine's individual description was crafted to reflect these horribly repressed and battered characters is wholly unappetizing. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "We're So Relieved Someone Realized The World Doesn't Need A Handmaid's Tale Wine Collection," 11 July 2018 Those officials, however, offered only vague descriptions of which sources YouTube will consider authoritative. Barbara Ortutay, USA TODAY, "YouTube is cracking down on 'fake news' with new text previews," 9 July 2018 From there, Fan came up with a method for updating the in-game merchants in BS-X with the information from a Slack channel, using the time and sender of a message as an item’s title and the content of the message as its description. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Slack engineer figures out way to load messages into a 1995 SNES game," 21 Oct. 2018 The mountains were my initial attraction to Nepal, and seeing them in real life was beyond description. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 People on Why It's Never Too Late to Start Traveling," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of description

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for description

Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin description-, descriptio, from describere — see describe

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description

noun

English Language Learners Definition of description

: a statement that tells you how something or someone looks, sounds, etc. : words that describe something or someone

: type or kind

description

noun
de·​scrip·​tion | \di-ˈskrip-shən \

Kids Definition of description

1 : a written or spoken statement about something that enables a reader or listener to picture it I recognized the place from your description of it.

2 : sort entry 1 sense 1, kind People of every description were there.

description

noun
de·​scrip·​tion

Legal Definition of description 

: a representation in words of the nature and characteristics of a thing: as

a : a specification of the boundaries of a piece of land (as for a deed)

b : an explanation of an invention in a patent application or printed publication

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