• A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem.
  • A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.
  • A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.
  • The composition of a work of art.
  • Intention or plot.
  • The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.
  • The art of designing


  • To plan and carry out (a picture, work of art, construction etc.).
  • To plan (to do something).
  • To assign, appoint (something to someone); to designate.
  • To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  • To manifest requirements to be satisfied by an object or process for them to solve a problem.


Narrower meaning words

  • architectural design
  • contract-first design
  • domain-driven design
  • hardware design
  • firmware design
  • functional design
  • responsive design
  • software design


  • From Middle English designen, from Old French designer, from Latin designō ("I mark out, point out, describe, design, contrive"), from de- (or dis-) + signō, from signum. designate.

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