Description De*scrip"tion, n. [F. description, L. descriptio. See {Describe}.] 1. The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs. [1913 Webster]

2. A sketch or account of anything in words; a portraiture or representation in language; an enumeration of the essential qualities of a thing or species. [1913 Webster]

Milton has descriptions of morning. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

3. A class to which a certain representation is applicable; kind; sort. [1913 Webster]

A difference . . . between them and another description of public creditors. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

The plates were all of the meanest description. --Macaulay.

Syn: Account; definition; recital; relation; detail; narrative; narration; explanation; delineation; representation; kind; sort. See {Definition}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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