1. The act, process, or technique of describing.
2. A statement or an account describing something: published a description of the journey; gave a vivid description of the game.
3. A pictorial representation: Monet's ethereal descriptions of haystacks and water lilies.
4. A kind or sort: cars of every size and description.
[Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dēscrīptiō, dēscrīptiōn-, from dēscrīptus, past participle of dēscrībere, to write down; see DESCRIBE.]
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