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 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
Origin and Etymology of description
Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin description-, descriptio, from describere —see describe
First Known Use: 14th century
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
Definition of description for Students
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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