Definition of description in English:

description

noun

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

    ‘ships of every description’
    • ‘There will be a selection of bedding plants, shrubs and plants of every description on sale.’
    • ‘Every available area is taken up by paintings of all descriptions and all styles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the tube yesterday, travellers of every description could be heard auditing their families.’
    • ‘There will be comedy routines, monologues and young people playing music of all descriptions and tastes.’
    • ‘Yet there are parents who seek out professional tutors of all descriptions for children who are barely old enough to hold a book.’
    • ‘This rivalry had involved civil wars, peasant uprisings, and religious strife of every description.’
    • ‘He has received dozens of invitations this week from clubs of all descriptions.’
    • ‘My family have had boats of every description on the lake for the past 100 years.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, we came across storks, ruffs and egrets, and herons of all descriptions.’
    • ‘Go into Klagenfurt, a beautiful town, full of public squares and boutiques of every description.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've tried countless competitions of all descriptions for years with no success.’
    • ‘The dry goods stores are a heaven to visit, full of chillies of all descriptions and sizes.’
    • ‘I remember seeing the long line of people waiting with pots and pans of all descriptions.’
    • ‘Our major concerns are pollution of all descriptions, both airborne and noise.’
    • ‘Boats of all descriptions were motoring and sailing by, looking for at least one of the reported 500.’
    • ‘Fresh seafood of all descriptions is available everywhere and at affordable prices.’
    • ‘The place has one of the longer bars in York, boasting beers, bottles and spirits of all descriptions.’
    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

/dəˈskripSH(ə)n/