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 sawb : 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 1salient 3b) features someone fitting the suspect's description had toys of every description opposed to any tax of so radical a description
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
Recent Examples of description from the Web
That's basically a good description of most of Highland Park's roster.
In some respects, the accomplishment this week is as big a deal as the breathless descriptions.
Police said a description of the suspect’s vehicle was not immediately available.
Historians eventually figured out where the room was located after studying a description from one of Jefferson's grandsons who said that Hemings' room was located somewhere in Monticello's South Wing.
For Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, the best, most succinct description of democratic values comes from the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence: that all people are created equal.
It has been called, 'the most catastrophic refinery accident', 'the worst industrial accident in the nation' and, 'sounding and looking like the end of the world,' among other descriptions.
Witnesses were able to give investigators a description of the suspect vehicle, Robertson said.
Police on Friday released a more specific description of the vehicle of interest in a fatal road rage shooting on Interstate 20 in Arlington.
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Synonym Discussion of description
DESCRIPTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of description for English Language Learners
: a statement that tells you how something or someone looks, sounds, etc. : words that describe something or someone
: type or kind
DESCRIPTION Defined for Kids
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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