Description

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.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Description — For other uses, see Description (disambiguation). Description is one of four rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse), along with exposition, argumentation, and narration. Each of the rhetorical modes is present in a variety of forms… …   Wikipedia

  • DESCRIPTION — s. f. Discours par lequel on décrit, on dépeint. Il y a de belles descriptions dans cet historien, dans ce poëte. La description d un palais, d une maison, d un jardin, d un paysage, d une tempête, des effets d une passion. Faire une description …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • DESCRIPTION — n. f. Action de décrire, développement par lequel on décrit, on dépeint. Faire une description. La description d’un palais, d’une maison, d’un paysage, d’une tempête, des effets d’une passion. La description d’une plante, d’un animal, d’une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • description — noun Etymology: Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French, from Latin description , descriptio, from describere Date: 14th century 1. a. an act of describing; specifically discourse intended to give a mental image of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Description logic — (DL) is a family of formal knowledge representation languages. It is more expressive than propositional logic but has more efficient decision problems than first order predicate logic. DL is used in artificial intelligence for formal reasoning on …   Wikipedia

  • Description language — may refer to: Interface description language aka interface definition language (IDL) Regular Language description for XML (RELAX) Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Page description language (PDL) Binary Format Description language… …   Wikipedia

  • Description number — Description numbers are numbers that arise in the theory of Turing machines. They are very similar to Gödel numbers, and are also occasionally called Gödel numbers in the literature. Given some universal Turing machine, every Turing machine can,… …   Wikipedia

  • Description de l'Égypte (disambiguation) — Description de l Égypte is the title of several books. Description de l Égypte Description de l Égypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l expédition de l armée française Pub; First Edition (23… …   Wikipedia

  • Description of a Struggle (collection) — Description of a Struggle   1st edition …   Wikipedia

  • Description of a Project — (DOAP) is an RDF schema and XML vocabulary to describe software projects, and in particular open source. It was created and initially developed by Edd Dumbill to convey semantically information associated with open source software projects. It is …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.