- to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of: He described the accident very carefully.
- to pronounce, as by a designating term, phrase, or the like; label: There are few people who may be described as geniuses.
- to indicate; be a sign of; denote: Conceit, in many cases, describes a state of serious emotional insecurity.
- to represent or delineate by a picture or figure.
- Geometry. to draw or trace the outline of: to describe an arc.
Origin of describe
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Examples from the Web for describable
Of course, the scenery is indescribable—no scenery is describable.Freaks on the Fells
I quote them because of their effect in lashing Beresford to a passion only describable as insane.Sonia Married
The cowboys had on Tam O'Shanter caps and wore not describable togs.An American Hobo in Europe
The great revelations of nature's majesty are not describable.The Alps
Nor is the One describable in terms of volition or activity.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
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- to give an account or representation of in words
- to pronounce or labelhe has been described as a genius
- to draw a line or figure, such as a circle
Word Origin and History for describable
early 13c., descriven, from Old French descrivre, descrire (13c.), from Latin describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent" (see description). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes, describing.