description

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W2S2 [dıˈskrıpʃən] n [U and C]
1.) a piece of writing or speech that gives details about what someone or something is like
Berlin sounds fascinating from your description.
description of
The writer began with a description of the area.
The police have issued a detailed description of the missing woman.
an accurate description of the event
I checked my job description .
give/provide etc a description
The booklet gives a brief description of each place.
brief/short/full/complete description
Your insurance company will need a full description of the stolen property.
The guide gives a general description of the island.
fit/match/answer a description
(=be like the person or thing described)
He matches the description of the attacker.
2.) be beyond/past description
to be too good, bad, big etc to be described easily
The death and destruction were beyond description.
3.) of every/some/any etc description also of all descriptions
people or things of every type, some type etc
People of all descriptions came to see the show.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • description — [ dɛskripsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1160; lat. descriptio 1 ♦ Action de décrire, énumération des caractères (de qqch.). Description orale, écrite. Faire, donner une, la description de qqch., de qqn. Description exacte, fidèle, précise. Description d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • description — de·scrip·tion n: a representation in words of the nature and characteristics of a thing: as a: a specification of the boundaries of a piece of land (as for a deed) b: an explanation of an invention in a patent application or printed publication… …   Law dictionary

  • description — 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 une tempête, des effets d une passion. Faire une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • description — Description. s. f. v. L s se prononce. Discours par lequel on descrit, on depeint. Il y a de belles descriptions dans cet historien, dans ce poëte. la description d une belle maison, d un jardin, d une tempeste, d une passion. faire une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • description — Fowler (1926) discouraged the use of description as an alternative to kind and sort in expressions such as crimes of this description, but the use has become well established and often seems appropriate if sometimes a little old fashioned: • If… …   Modern English usage

  • description — [di skrip′shən] n. [ME descripcioun < OFr description < L descriptio, a marking out, delineation < pp. of describere] 1. the act, process, art, or technique of describing or picturing in words 2. a statement or passage that describes 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • description — late 14c., from O.Fr. description (12c.) and directly from L. descriptionem (nom. descriptio) representation, description, copy, noun of action from pp. stem of describere write down, transcribe, copy, sketch, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • description — [n1] account in speech, writing ABCs*, blow by blow, brief, characterization, chronicle, confession, declaration, definition, delineation, depiction, detail, explanation, explication, fingerprint, information, make, monograph, narration,… …   New thesaurus

  • description — Description, Descriptio. La description du monde, Cosmographia …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • description — ► NOUN 1) a spoken or written account. 2) the process of describing. 3) a sort, kind, or class: people of any description …   English terms dictionary

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