1
[ verb ] give a description of

Synonyms

draw depict

Examples

"He drew an elaborate plan of attack"

Used in print

(The Detroit News...)

The minister , describing the attacks which led_up to the appeal , said that 60000 Communist_North Vietnamese were fighting royal army troops on one front - near Thakhek , in southern-central Laos .

(Newark Evening News...)

For_example , in the third chapter of Matthew , verses 13 - 16 , describing the baptism of Jesus , the 1611 version reads :

(Saturday Review...)

A Peace_Corps official described the editorial as `` precisely the message we need_to communicate to the men and women who will soon be Peace_Corps volunteers '' .

(The New York Times...)

Mr._Nagrin has described four `` places '' , each with its scenery and people , added two `` diversions '' , and concluded with `` A Toccata for the Young '' , a refreshingly underplayed interpretation of rock ' n ' roll dancing .

In describing the initial Allied occupation of a middle-sized German city , the picture has color , pictorial pull and genuinely moving moments .

2
[ verb ] to give an account or representation of in words

Synonyms

report account

Examples

: "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental."

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Assistant coach John_Cudmore described victory as `` a good feeling , I think , on the part of the coaches and the players .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

I am certainly not adequately trained to describe or enlarge on human fears , but there are certain features of the fears dispelled by scientific explanations that stand_out quite clearly .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

And this occurs now , at the refrain of Jacoby 's song - at the point , in_fact , of the name `` Lizzy '' - ; a modulation described as `` almost a stroke of genius '' .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

The concept of apparent black-body temperature is used to describe the radiation received from the moon and the planets .

The observations of Mayer , McCullough , and Sloanaker at 3.15 cm and of Sloanaker at 10.3 cm have not previously been published and will be briefly described .

3
[ verb ] make a mark or lines on a surface

Examples

"draw a line" "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

Used in print

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

He saw the Starbird as she lay , her slender mast up and gently turning , its point describing constant languid circles against a cumulus sky .

4
[ verb ] as in botany or biology, for example

Used in print

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

The binomial probability distribution may describe the variation that occurs from one set of trials of such a binomial experiment to another .

Related terms

name identity classify

*