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description

[ dih-skrip-shuhn ]
/ dɪˈskrɪp ʃən /
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noun

a statement, picture in words, or account that describes; descriptive representation.
the act or method of describing.
sort; kind; variety: dogs of every description.
Geometry. the act or process of describing a figure.

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Nearby words

deschutes, descloizite, descramble, descrambler, describe, description, descriptive, descriptive bibliography, descriptive cataloging, descriptive clause, descriptive geometry

Origin of description

1300–50; Middle English descripcioun < Latin dēscrīptiōn- (stem of dēscrīptiō), equivalent to dēscrīpt(us) (past participle of dēscrībere to describe) + -iōn- -ion
SYNONYMS FOR description
Related formspre·de·scrip·tion, nounre·de·scrip·tion, nounself-de·scrip·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-description

description

/ (dɪˈskrɪpʃən) /

noun

a statement or account that describes; representation in words
the act, process, or technique of describing
sort, kind, or varietyreptiles of every description
geometry the act of drawing a line or figure, such as an arc
philosophy a noun phrase containing a predicate that may replace a name as the subject of a sentence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for self-description

description


n.

late 14c., from Old French description (12c.) and directly from Latin descriptionem (nominative descriptio) "representation, description, copy," noun of action from past participle stem of describere "write down, transcribe, copy, sketch," from de- "down" (see de-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with self-description

description


see beggar description.

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