- 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 undescribable
That is why Plato193 says of (Unity) that it is unspeakable and undescribable.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1
The sins of this system are enormous and undescribable; but, thank God!Cottage Economy
On such a night, Grace, there is undescribable peace, and yet these influences pass away and regrets press upon one.Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 3 of 3
Julie Bosville Chetwynd
Every night will be for it a winter, a winter of undescribable frost, which it could only endure in the form of spores.Are the Planets Inhabited?
E. Walter Maunder
But now quiet, save for an undescribable, whispering overtone that seemed to permeate the air.The Whispering Spheres
Russell Robert Winterbotham
- 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 undescribable
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.