• 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.
  • The act of describing; a delineation by marks or signs.
  • A set of characteristics by which someone or something can be recognized.
  • A scientific documentation of a taxon for the purpose of introducing it to science.
  • 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.
  • A descriptive linguistic survey.


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  • From Old French description, from Latin dēscrīptiō, noun of action of dēscrībō.

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