De·scribe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Described p. pr. & vb. n. Describing.]
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.
De·scribe, v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
v 1: give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
[syn: depict, draw]
2: to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet
Italian police described it in a manner typically
continental" [syn: report, account]
3: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify,
discover, key, key out, distinguish, name]
4: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the
outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line,