A description puts something in words, like a portrait puts a person in paint. The lawnmower you came home with did not quite fit the description of the dishwasher you went shopping for.

The root for description is the Latin word descriptio, meaning “to write down.” The “script” in description tells you that a good description makes what it describes come to life, like a script for a movie. Your description of that fudge almond swirl ice cream was so good I could taste it! Unfortunately, I'm allergic to nuts.

Definitions of description

n the act of describing something

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characterisation, characterization
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features
a brief description given for purposes of identification
detailing, particularisation, particularization
an individualized description of a particular instance
sketch, vignette
a brief literary description
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speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n a statement that represents something in words

verbal description
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job description
description of the responsibilities associated with a given job
spec, specification
a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
characterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, picture, word picture, word-painting
a graphic or vivid verbal description
computer architecture
the art of assembling logical elements into a computing device; the specification of the relation between parts of a computer system
network architecture
specification of design principles (including data formats and procedures) for creating a network configuration of data processors
descriptive word or phrase
portrait, portraiture, portrayal
a word picture of a person's appearance and character
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a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n sort or variety

“every description of book was there”
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form, kind, sort, variety
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

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