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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  9. 
 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  describe 
  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}] 
  3:  make  a  mark  or  lines  on  a  surface;  "draw  a  line";  "draw  the 
  outlines  of  a  figure  in  the  sand";  "trace  an  animal  shape" 
  [syn:  {trace},  {draw},  {line},  {outline},  {delineate}] 
  4:  as  in  in  botany  or  biology,  for  example  [syn:  {identify},  {discover}, 
  {key},  {key  out},  {distinguish},  {name}] 




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