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Definitions of describe

  1. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. identify as in botany or biology, for example Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To give an account of; to represent by words or drawing; set forth; to make a picture of in words. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Describer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To trace out or delineate: to give an account of. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To represent by words; trace. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To give the characteristics of; represent; delineate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To make a description. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To delineate the form or figure; to make or trace a figure in moving; to give an idea of a thing by specifying its nature, form, or properties; to distribute. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. d[=e]-skr[=i]b', v.t. to trace out or delineate: to give an account of.--adj. DESCRIB'ABLE.--n. DESCRIB'ER. [L. describ[)e]re--de, down, and scrib[)e]re, scriptum, to write.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Set forth in words, recite the characteristics of; quality as (should d. him as a scoundrel); mark out, draw, (esp. geom. figure); move in (such a line, curve); (abs.) deal in, give a, description. Hence describable a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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