De·scrip·tive a. Tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story descriptive of the age.
Descriptive anatomy, that part of anatomy which treats of the forms and relations of parts, but not of their textures.
Descriptive geometry, that branch of geometry. which treats of the graphic solution of problems involving three dimensions, by means of projections upon auxiliary planes.
-- De*scrip*tive*ly, adv. -- De*scrip*tive*ness, n.
adj 1: serving to describe or inform or characterized by
description; "the descriptive variable"; "a
descriptive passage" [ant: undescriptive]
2: concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a
particular period without considering historical
antecedents; "synchronic linguistics"; "descriptive
linguistics" [syn: synchronic] [ant: diachronic]
3: describing the structure of a language; "descriptive
linguistics simply describes language" [ant: prescriptive]