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describe

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Describe \De*scribe"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Described}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Describing}.] [L. describere, descriptum; de- + scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. d['e]crire. See {Scribe}, and cf. {Descry}.]

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class. [Obs.]

Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book. --Josh. xviii. 9.

Syn: To set forth; represent; delineate; relate; recount; narrate; express; explain; depict; portray; chracterize.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Describe \De*scribe"\, verb (used without an object) To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

describe

verb

1: give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack" [syn: {describe}, {depict}, {draw}]

2: to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental" [syn: {report}, {describe}, {account}]

3: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: {trace}, {draw}, {line}, {describe}, {delineate}]

4: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: {identify}, {discover}, {key}, {key out}, {distinguish}, {describe}, {name}]


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