• (British) IPA: /dɪˈskɹɪpʃən/


  1. A sketch or account of anything in words; a portraiture or representation in language; an enumeration of the essential qualities of a thing or species.
  2. The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
  3. A set of characteristics by which someone or something can be recognized.
    The zoo had no lions, tigers, or cats of any description.
  4. (taxonomy) A scientific documentation of a taxon for the purpose of introducing it to science.
    The type description of the fungus was written by a botanist.
  5. (linguistics) The act or practice of recording and describing actual language usage in a given speech community, as opposed to prescription, i.e. laying down norms of language usage.
  6. (linguistics) A descriptive linguistic survey.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: signalement
  • Russian: описа́ние
  • Spanish: señalamiento

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