Definition of description in English:

description

noun

  • 1A spoken or written account of a person, object, or event:

    ‘people who had seen him were able to give a description’
    • ‘Don't read this book if you want a detailed description of any particular mission to space.’
    • ‘He said the victim was only able to give a brief description of her attacker.’
    • ‘Thereafter the description of events is dependent upon her account only.’
    • ‘But at times, it is important to intertwine poetic phrases and vivid descriptions.’
    • ‘Brief physical descriptions are, however, supplied where appropriate in the discussion of specific occurrences.’
    • ‘The girls gave officers an apt description of the vehicle and the registration number.’
    • ‘When he began to write about cricket most reporters wrote spare, parched descriptions of the play.’
    • ‘If that plot description sounds a little confusing, have no fear.’
    • ‘The vivid descriptions in the books helped him greatly.’
    • ‘Tabloid newspapers also favour emotive words over objective descriptions of events.’
    • ‘Detailed job descriptions are provided to encourage teacher participation in the association.’
    • ‘But they honored my decision to keep the man's description vague.’
    • ‘Each chapter is preceded by the author's description of why and how she decided to study volcanoes.’
    • ‘"None of the members of staff fit the description given by the girls."’
    • ‘Detailed descriptions are provided in the project report.’
    • ‘Cassini wrote a detailed description of precisely how the longitude measurements were to be carried out.’
    • ‘Additional information that is of value includes a brief description of the methods used to construct the library.’
    • ‘Write a brief description of the type of photographs that appear in each section.’
    • ‘He added that police did not yet have a description of the attacker.’
    • ‘With five bedrooms, gymnasium and a Jacuzzi, it is certainly does not fit the description of the average croft.’
    account, explanation, elucidation, illustration, representation, interpretation
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The action of giving a spoken or written account:
      ‘the emphasis was placed on explanation rather than description’
      • ‘Above all, the emphasis was placed firmly on explanation rather than description.’
      • ‘Research into health inequality now aims to move away from description and towards explanation.’
      • ‘Everyone exclaims about your great powers of description, how vivid and alive your writing is.’
      • ‘She is a master of exposition and description, with a ready ear for a telling anecdote.’
      • ‘Despite its apparently narrow extent, knowledge by acquaintance is supposed to provide the foundation for knowledge by description.’
  • 2A type or class of people or things:

    ‘it is laughably easy to buy drugs of all descriptions’
    • ‘Boats of all descriptions were motoring and sailing by, looking for at least one of the reported 500.’
    • ‘The old church building was packed with at least a hundred furs of every description.’
    • ‘The Web can help you walk, talk and make ponchos of all descriptions.’
    • ‘There will be a selection of bedding plants, shrubs and plants of every description on sale.’
    • ‘There will be comedy routines, monologues and young people playing music of all descriptions and tastes.’
    • ‘Go into Klagenfurt, a beautiful town, full of public squares and boutiques of every description.’
    • ‘He has received dozens of invitations this week from clubs of all descriptions.’
    • ‘Every available area is taken up by paintings of all descriptions and all styles.’
    • ‘Our major concerns are pollution of all descriptions, both airborne and noise.’
    • ‘On the way back, I could see the kite fest was starting to get going and the sky was beginning to fill with kites of all descriptions.’
    • ‘The place has one of the longer bars in York, boasting beers, bottles and spirits of all descriptions.’
    • ‘My family have had boats of every description on the lake for the past 100 years.’
    • ‘This rivalry had involved civil wars, peasant uprisings, and religious strife of every description.’
    • ‘On the tube yesterday, travellers of every description could be heard auditing their families.’
    • ‘I've tried countless competitions of all descriptions for years with no success.’
    • ‘I remember seeing the long line of people waiting with pots and pans of all descriptions.’
    • ‘The dry goods stores are a heaven to visit, full of chillies of all descriptions and sizes.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, we came across storks, ruffs and egrets, and herons of all descriptions.’
    • ‘Fresh seafood of all descriptions is available everywhere and at affordable prices.’
    • ‘Yet there are parents who seek out professional tutors of all descriptions for children who are barely old enough to hold a book.’
    sort, variety, kind, style, type, category, order, breed, species, class, designation, specification, genre, genus, brand, make, character, ilk, kidney, grain, stamp, mould
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin descriptio(n-), from describere write down.

Pronunciation:

description

/dɪˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n/