• WordNet 3.6
    • n description sort or variety "every description of book was there"
    • n description a statement that represents something in words
    • n description the act of describing something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Description A class to which a certain representation is applicable; kind; sort. "A difference . . . between them and another description of public creditors.""The plates were all of the meanest description ."
    • Description 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. "Milton has descriptions of morning."
    • Description The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n description The act of delineating or depicting; representation by visible lines, marks, colors, etc.
    • n description The act of representing a thing by words or signs, or the account or writing containing such representation; a statement designed to make known the appearance, nature, attributes, accidents, or incidents of anything: as, a description of a house or of a battle.
    • n description The qualities expressed in a representation; the combination of qualities which go to constitute a class or an individual, and would be mentioned in describing it; hence, a variety; sort; kind.
    • n description Synonyms Relation, Narrative, etc. (see account), delineation, portrayal, sketch.
    • n description Sort, cast, quality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Description de-skrip′shun act of describing: an account of anything in words: definition: sort, class, or kind
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  • William Hazlitt
    “You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.”
  • Lord Byron
    “And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.”
  • John B. S. Haldane
    John B. S. Haldane
    “In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. description, L. descriptio,. See Describe


In literature:

What the purpose of sociology requires is a description and an explanation.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
As a description of a planet's motion it is not incorrect, though it is geometrically cumbrous.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
The halftone and the description ought to make the plant known to the most casual reader.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Wherever a rigorous analytic course is given those who have been well trained in descriptive physics do well in it in general.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
The imperfection of descriptive catalogues has consequences which deserve our attention.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Description of Battery Steamer.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
In the description of such leaves, certain terms are needed in describing the plan of the notches, and their depth and form.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
All I needed to lay hands on him was a good description.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
See the plates of the kidney for further description.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
There cannot be any doubt, that her relation to the prophet still lies at the foundation of the description in ii.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
Cotton also varies so much in its own kind, that every description is different and somewhat puzzling.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
It is also most sincerely conceived, intensifying the suggestiveness of the descriptive title.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Just as the description in chap.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
Granny Marrable gave a brief description of the model.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The minute description of fruits is not of the least use to one out of ten thousand cultivators.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Such are the most interesting incidents which I have selected from the copious description of the Duke de la Valliere.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
For more exact description the reader is again referred to the specific delineations which follow.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
I shall depend upon a most particular description of it.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
In the description of this subsidence in the Phil.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
These may, therefore, be most appropriately selected for description as typical examples.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

Happy beyond description he
Who knows, The Saviour died for me,
The gift unspeakable obtains,
And heavenly understanding gains.
"Hymn XIV: Happy the Man That Finds the Grace" by Charles Wesley
Though Thomson, sweet descriptive bard!
Inspiring Autumn sung;
Yet how should we the months regard,
That stopt his flowing tongue?
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
Oh, this self-realizing awareness
is beyond words and description!
The mind is not the world of children,
nor is it that of logicians.
"Response To A Logician" by Jetsun Milarepa
But yet, before they loaded up the vessel,
In fear of foreign treachery and hate,
They hurriedly translated into Russian
The sad descriptions of the soldiers' fate.
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov
His owners and drivers stood round in amaze —
What! Neddy, the patient, the prosperous Neddy,
So easy to drive, through the dirtiest ways,
For every description of job-work so ready!
"The Donkey and His Panniers" by Thomas Moore
Those dark eyes of her that fired him--
Those sweet accents that inspired him,
And her crown of glorious hair--
These things baffle my description;
I should have a fit conniption
If I tried--so I forbear!
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field

In news:

It's the first known description of bacteria.
Description This UFO craft is so awesome it can double as the party favor.
Event Description (include location, date, times, etc.
Description Loungewear that keeps you looking lovely during pregnancy.
Of course, that is a pretty apt description of Gabor 's, minus the "old-style" modifier.
This is a rather narrow parking strip, located under a water-stealing street tree, with the gardenias semi-surrounded by small non-descript hedges.
In the hours following the homicide, police and reporters gathered witness testimony, formed a description of the suspect, and chased likely motives. See Metairie section for restaurant description.
Animal's Name: Eva Your Name: Samantha Barnahrt Your Phone Number: 1-814-687-4516 Description/Additional Details: Pure Breed German Shepherd .
Which is why I got a kick out of Jon Gold's description of Mora from spring practice No.
A description of Dyngus Day traditions, including girls striking boys with a pussy willow branch, is what got Cooper giggling .
One shorthand description of Ramona Gonzalez's recording project Nite Jewel is that it's disco on quaaludes.
"Blown away" is a pretty good description of how Static's colleagues at Fort Worth Weekly feel about the rag's showing in a couple of recent journalism contests, one statewide, one national.
Description The Goblet Squat exercise works your butt, quadriceps, inner thighs, and hamstrings.
In theory, of course, Godwin 's Law is merely descriptive.

In science:

In general, for N ≫ 1, we expect that any gauge theory should have a string theory description, though it may not have a classical supergravity description.
Large N field theories from superstrings
It is tempting to imagine that a microscopic description of 11D supergravity might be found by quantizing the supermembrane, just as a microscopic description of 10D supergravity is found by quantizing the superstring.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Nonetheless, at any finite temperature, it can be approximated to arbitrary precision by a sequence of rational G2 It would be very o theories, which do have a UV description. interesting to find out whether the irrational theory allows for an independent UV fixed point description.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
Homotopy theory was still largely descriptive, but in the geometric area the emphasis changed from description to construction.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
For nearly elastic collisions, however, granular hydrodynamics was shown to yield an accurate quantitative description in the dilute limit , and reasonably accurate description for moderate and high granular densities .
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
This theorem establishes weak convergence of the scaled contour (or head of the snake) description of embedded trees to the head of the snake description of the Brownian snake with lifetime e.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Moreover, this proves equivalence of description of the general type magnetohydrodynamic flows in terms of canonical variables introduced and the conventional description in Lagrange or Euler variables.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
Although Einstein path starts from an a priori geometrical description, there is an equivalent description that is based on a field theoretical formulation.
Geometrical description of spin-2 fields
In general relativity a description of any shape depends on the motion of the observers performing the description, as it has been already emphasized in . E.g., a body that has an ellipsoidal shape as seen by one class of observers might appear to have a completely different shape as seen by some other observers.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application
Since in general relativity the description of any shape depends on the relative motion of the observers performing the description, in order to carry out a general-relativistic study of ellipsoidal shapes one first has to specify a choice of preferred observers.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application
However for (Ga,Mn)N the LSDA description is inadequate because the d electrons are strongly correlated, and thus the pseudo-SIC description is markedly different from that of the LSDA.
Self-interaction effects in (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)N
We use the same conformal tools as before, fusing quantum gravity and Coulomb gas methods, which allow the description of Brownian paths interacting and winding with CI curves, thereby providing a probabilistic description of the potential map near any CI random curve.
Conformal Fractal Geometry and Boundary Quantum Gravity
However, in contrast to the description of the electromagnetism with the 3D E and B, the description with E and B is correct not only in that frame but in all other relatively moving frames and it holds for any permissible choice of coordinates.
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
This new description of the machine may be called the standard description (S.D).
Three beliefs that lend illusory legitimacy to Cantor's diagonal argument
We note that any Turing machine can be designed to recognise a “looping” situation; it simply records every instantaneous tape description at the execution of each machine instruction, and compares the current instantaneous tape description with the record.
Can Turing machines capture everything we can compute?