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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Be sure to include your name, location, contact info, occupation, a recent photo, links to your social media accounts, a short description about your current situation, and your budget for renovation. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "HGTV's New Show 'Unspouse My House' Will Help People Redecorate After A Breakup," 6 Feb. 2019 That was Maria Panaritis's description of Nick Foles and his memoir after speaking to him. 4. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Kam Chancellor's Retirement Marks the End of Two Eras," 3 July 2018 Witnesses gave police a detailed description of the license plate and vehicle the man was driving, the release states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond police thank resident for helping officer during struggle with suspect," 19 June 2018 The two men are not identified by name in the indictment, but the descriptions of them are consistent with New York radio host Randy Credico and right-wing pundit and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "House’s Russia Probe, Cited in Roger Stone Charges, Nearly Derailed Itself," 25 Jan. 2019 Imagine triangles spinning around a shower curtain rod inside a beer keg—that is an elemental description of the screaming Wankel rotary engine. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 Changing the description of the fictitious past participants so that they were asked about an unrelated ethical issue reduced the bias to statistically insignificant noise. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 The document should cover all aspects of the job, including payment schedules, products being used, approximate start and finish dates, description of the project, and procedures for change orders. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "How Long It Takes To Renovate Every Single Room In Your House," 26 Dec. 2018 But wait, here's the magazine's description of those claims. Fox News, "Tucker takes on Kavanaugh opponent; Martha MacCallum's takeaways from interview with Kavanaugh," 25 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

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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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