describe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v describe identify as in botany or biology, for example
    • v describe to give an account or representation of in words "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
    • v describe give a description of "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
    • v describe make a mark or lines on a surface "draw a line","trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want
    • Describe To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class. "Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book."
    • Describe To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle.
    • Describe To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.
    • v. i Describe To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "vamp" is used to describe the upper front top of a shoe
    • describe To delineate or mark the form or figure of; trace out; outline: as, to describe a circle with the compasses.
    • describe To form or trace by motion: as, a star describes an ellipse in the heavens.
    • describe To write down; inscribe.
    • describe To represent orally or by writing; portray in words; give an account of: as, to describe a person or a scene; to describe a battle.
    • describe To distribute into classes or divisions; divide for representation.
    • describe Synonyms Describe, Narrate, portray, explain. Describe applies primarily to what exists—space, and by extension to what occurs—time, but narrate applies only to the latter: as, to describe a view, a race, or a siege; to narrate an experience or a history. Describe implies often the vividness of personal observation; narrate is more applicable to long series of events. A single narrative may contain many descriptions of separate events.
    • describe To make descriptions; use the power of describing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the St. Louis, MO area, the word "hoosier" is used as a slang term for what the rest of the country would describe as "white trash," "rednecks," or "hillbillies".
    • v.t Describe dē-skrīb′ to trace out or delineate: to give an account of
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Quotations

  • Matthew Prior
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    “In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.”
  • James Thurber
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    “My drawings have been described as pre-internationalist, meaning that they were finished before the ideas for them had occurred to me. I shall not argue the point.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described.”
  • Ray Bradbury
    Ray Bradbury
    “I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
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    “To describe happiness is to diminish it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. describere, descriptum,; de-, + scribere, to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. décrire,. See Scribe, and cf. Descry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. describĕrede, down, and scribĕre, scriptum, to write.

Usage

In literature:

The meaning or use of each feature should be discussed, when possible, immediately after it has been described.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
I will describe the libraries first, beginning as before at the east end of the room.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
Those described were found at the Minnesota mine, in upper Michigan, near Lake Superior.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
Orders are more fully described in paragraphs 378 to 383, inclusive.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The surprise and disappointment of the viceroy on receiving this information may be easier conceived than described.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
It may rather be described as granulated or mottled.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
It is impossible to enter it without exaltation of spirit, or describe it without superlative.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Two cases are described by Mr. Gouch.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Metal instruments, such as knives, scissors, and forceps, may be sterilised in the hot-air oven as described above, but exposure to 175 deg.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
A case in point is Orestes pursued by the furies, as described by the poets.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The first private house that we will describe is found by passing down a street from the Street of Abundance.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
In the first prelude is Lowell describing a landscape of New England or Old England?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
On the Inn is inscribed its title, and a proper advantage is taken of this circumstance to describe the subject of the Picture.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
What we have been describing is known as the "simple reaction", in distinction from other experiments that demand more of the subject.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
There will be celebrated duels to describe, and various strange follies to deride.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
A remarkably beautiful apple, a native of New Jersey, and first described by Coxe.
"The Apple" by Various
Sunset and sunrise colours within the polar zones are described as being extraordinarily brilliant and impressive.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
There are some sensations that can better be imagined than described.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
Many of the associated sandstones are described by Mr. Brown as ripple-marked.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
In this latter sense it describes the timbers specially provided for the purposes just described.
"The Romance of War Inventions" by Thomas W. Corbin
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In poetry:

These are a portion of his ways;
But who shall dare describe his face?
Who can endure his light, or stand
To hear the thunders of his hand?
"Hymn 170" by Isaac Watts
Her strange beauty, now, as I look back,
I can see as I ne'er saw it then;
But words to describe it I lack,
It could never be told by a pen.
"Alice" by John Hartley
The sacred page my state describes
From volatile and reptile tribes;
From ugly vipers, beauteous birds;
From soaring hosts, and swinish herds.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Keen memory wakens my pain,
In describing the pleasures gone by;
Those joys to remembrance so dear,
Which friendship's rich stream could supply.
"Absence" by Elizabeth Bath
Vain is the wish. Better hope to describe
All that the spirit desires,
When through a cloud of vague fancies and schemes
Flash the Promethean fires.
"Dreams Of Beauty" by Adah Isaacs Menken
For Vircinget'rex failed, but at the wall:
He strove and failed gilded by Glory's rays
So that true soldiership describes that Gaul
In terms of honest praise.
"Arms And The Man - The Beginning Of The End" by James Barron Hope

In news:

A second grade teacher came to me and described the reading problem she is having in class.
Fred Eshelman, CEO of Phamaceutical Product Development, has described himself in simple words as "Father, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur".
Learn words and phrases that manufacturers use to describe binoculars , including field of view, nitrogen-purging, and ED glass.
Terms used to describe binoculars and scopes, the dos and don'ts of buying binoculars , and links to articles about binoculars and scopes.
I explained, for example, that every pair of binoculars is described by two numbers, usually found on the center focus wheel.
Self-described 'joker' admitted for mental health care.
The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of scientists from around the world announced their picks for the top 10 new species described in 2011.
She found that bisexual women were more likely than lesbians to switch between describing themselves as bisexual and unlabeled, rather than to identify as lesbian or heterosexual.
A Justice Department report describes "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos" in Joe Arpaio's office.
Which pretty much describes what's happening to the housing market—and not just in ski country.
A Black Forest man described by authorities as a "tax protester" has been convicted of failing to pay more than $60,000 in taxes, penalties and interest, the Colorado Attorney General's Office announced today.
PARIS— The French have embraced a new expression to describe those who have it all: Bobo .
The artist uses a variety of media to describe a world of interconnection.
John Bogle , described by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the investment industry's "four giants of the 20th century," joins Bill Moyers to talk about the crisis of confidence in corporate America.
In what was described as a cost-cutting move, the Brandywine Heights School District has outsourced its information technology operation to a Harrisburg firm.
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In science:

We will now describe some output theorems, which are completely analogous to those described above, but in the usual algebra (as opposed to the max-plus algebra).
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
Of course, users have to set ibswrt = 0 if they change other fundamental parameters, such as the cm energy, the incident beams and PDF described before, as well as the energy scales and the particle masses described below.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
We have described recently a new family of (1+1) dimensional solutions that is able to describe an arbitrary rapidity distribution dn/dy by introducing scale-dependent quantities in the longitudinal direction, overcoming shortcoming i ), but not addressing shortcoming ii ).
Simple solutions of relativistic hydrodynamics for cylindrically symmetric systems
However, if we wish to calculate the ADM mass via the surface integral, we discover another complication: we have a stencil describing ∇2 G , the Gal¨erkin operator associated with the volume integral, but we have no knowledge of the form of the stencil describing the ~n · ~∇ operator in the surface integral.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Ensembles of such a type with ˆΓ ≥ 0 emerge naturally when describing quantum scattering in systems with chaotic dynamics and serve to describe resonance statistics.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
The third kind of solution describes a locally stable state, correlated with the native state but more weakly so than the ergodic native phase just described.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
They describe US states, free energy maxima between pairs of the previously-described solutions.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
Together with the random vector ~E (β , z ) which describes the complex amplitude of the electric field at point z , we consider also a random vector ~EN (β ) which describes the field at the output of the fiber that consists of precisely N random sections.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Theorem 1.3 With the assumptions described in 1.1 on the piecewise linear map f , to every periodic orbit of period n of the dynamical system described by f , corresponds an unique periodic orbit of period n of the directed graph describing by the associated unistochastic matrix.
Coassociative grammar, periodic orbits and quantum random walk over Z
Panel (D) and (E) qualitatively describes the epochs during which Earth experienced ice-ages, the top part as described by Frakes et al. , while the bottom one by Crowell .
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
In the following section we describe in details randomly generated combinatorial problems we mentioned above, describe the existing results in the literature and list some outstanding conjectures.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
Let us briefly describe the variational principle and subsidiary variables describing dissipationfree MHD.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
In this section we describe the relative skew product graph construction and show how it can be used to describe all connected coverings of a given connected graph.
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
In general, the WD statistics describe a system of delocalized states and the PS describe a system of localized states.
Energy level statistics of a critical random matrix ensemble
This makes intuitive sense, because the level of detail needed to describe the system at a higher level must always be less than at a lower level, and the behavior of the upper level may often be described in terms of the emergent properties of the lower level (Bar-Yam, 14).
Complex Systems
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