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DESCRIPTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does description mean? 

DESCRIPTION (noun)
  The noun DESCRIPTION has 3 senses:

1. a statement that represents something in words
2. the act of describing something
3. sort or variety

  Familiarity information: DESCRIPTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESCRIPTION (noun)


Sense 1description [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement that represents something in words

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

description; verbal description

Hypernyms ("description" is a kind of...):

statement (a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "description"):

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)


Sense 2description [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of describing something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("description" is a kind of...):

speech act (the use of language to perform some act)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "description"):

characterisation; characterization (the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features)

label (a brief description given for purposes of identification)

detailing; particularisation; particularization (an individualized description of a particular instance)

sketch; vignette (a brief literary description)


Sense 3description [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sort or variety

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

every description of book was there

Hypernyms ("description" is a kind of...):

form; kind; sort; variety (a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality)


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