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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The 2018 class has a good amount of players who fit that description. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "How strong is Ohio State football defensive lineman Tommy Togiai?," 12 Aug. 2019 Nicolas Pépé, a £72m attacker from Lille, is one of four arrivals who fits that description. M.j., The Economist, "Man City’s and Liverpool’s rivals have copied their transfer strategy," 10 Aug. 2019 Some researchers, for example, fault the Nobel for denying a prize to Hawking, whose research on black hole thermodynamics in the 1970s is widely considered to be a correct description of nature. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 The Mets have eyed MLB-ready bats, and Tucker fits the description. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking Noah Syndergaard's Top Landing Spots," 30 July 2019 League of Legends, the world’s most popular esport, fits a similar description. Jake Seiner, The Denver Post, "All-girls school becomes first in U.S. with varsity esports," 28 July 2019 With regard to Michigan's 2019 class, incoming offensive lineman Jack Stewart is the player who fits this description. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Jack Stewart could be another New England find," 12 July 2019 Sure, fine: Pumpkins do fit that encyclopedic description. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Is Pumpkin a Fruit? Yes—and Strawberries Aren't Berries," 9 July 2019 That's a pretty apt description for much of the up-and-coming Canadian country artist's discography so far. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Chase Rice, Courtney Barnett and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 8," 4 July 2019

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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 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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