Hypertext Webster Gateway: "describe"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Describe \De*scribe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Described}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Describing}.] [L. describere, descriptum; de- +
scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F.
d['e]crire. See {Scribe}, and cf. {Descry}.]
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off;
to class. [Obs.]

Passed through the land, and described it by cities
into seven parts in a book. --Josh. xviii.

Syn: To set forth; represent; delineate; relate; recount;
narrate; express; explain; depict; portray; chracterize.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Describe \De*scribe"\, v. i.
To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as,
Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
[syn: {depict}, {draw}]
2: to give an account or representation of in words: "Discreet
Italian police described it in a manner typically
continental." [syn: {report}, {account}]
3: as in in botany or biology, for example [syn: {identify}, {discover},
{key}, {key out}, {distinguish}, {name}]
4: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the
outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: {trace}, {draw}, {line},
{outline}, {delineate}]

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