verb (used with object), de·scribed, de·scrib·ing.
- descriptive bibliography,
- descriptive cataloging,
- descriptive clause
Origin of describe
Examples from the Web for describable
The cowboys had on Tam O'Shanter caps and wore not describable togs.An American Hobo in Europe|Ben Goodkind
Fees payable, on a contingency: a contingency not describable without more time and labour, than would be paid for by the result.Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham
The great revelations of nature's majesty are not describable.The Alps|Martin Conway
This independent origin is only describable in mental or psychological terms.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
The estrangement of the old man from his first-born suffered no describable increase, but Charles felt that it was increasing.The Entail|John Galt
Word Origin for describe
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.