1. The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
2. 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. --D. Webster.
3. A class to which a certain representation is applicable; kind; sort.
A difference . . . between them and another description of public creditors. --A. Hamilton.
The plates were all of the meanest description. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- Account; definition; recital; relation; detail; narrative; narration; explanation; delineation; representation; kind; sort. See Definition.
n 1: a statement that represents something in words [syn: verbal
2: the act of describing something
3: sort or variety; "every description of book was there"