description

noun
de·​scrip·​tion | \ di-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce description (audio) \

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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But that experience means there’s extra emphasis on the old part of that description: Biden is 76 years-old, while Sanders is 77. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "2020 Democratic hopefuls are under pressure to build diverse teams," 29 Dec. 2018 After posting a screenshot of the official Netflix description for Gossip Girl, comedian Lane Moore's tweet about the show quickly went viral. Lauren Rearick, Glamour, "Gossip Girl Fans Are Having Way Too Much Fun With Netflix's Show Description," 11 Dec. 2018 After posting a screenshot of the official Netflix description for Gossip Girl, comedian Lane Moore's tweet about the show quickly went viral. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This “Gossip Girl” Description on Netflix Has Fans Reminiscing About the Show," 11 Dec. 2018 Here’s how The subject of this description is radiometric dating, which uses radioactive decay of some elements to figure out how old things are. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Video: How do we figure out that rocks are billions of years old?," 30 Oct. 2018 Dezeen Wear Space is, for lack of a better description, like equine blinkers for humans. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Panasonic designed human blinders to block out open-plan office distraction," 18 Oct. 2018 And unlike many writers of maddeningly intimate description (from Marcel Proust to Doris Lessing to Edward St. Aubyn), Knausgaard circles around a mind and a life that, while intelligent, impassioned and perceptive, are ordinary. New York Times, "In Knausgaard’s ‘Spring,’ a Man Considers How Best to Help His Sick Wife," 6 July 2018 Not that there’s any of the kind of treacle that this description might imply. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pamela Adlon's Better Things Is Back and Better Than Ever," 27 Feb. 2019 But Qualcomm's description makes the patents sound fairly broad, which could make that tricky. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Qualcomm says a Chinese court has banned sales of older iPhones nationwide," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of description was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce description (audio) \

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

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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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