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be discussed/described in chapter 1/2/3 etc
▪ These points will be discussed in chapter 8.
describe an incident
▪ Police asked the victim to describe the incident.
describe/explain sth in detail
▪ The doctor spent time describing the treatment in detail to me.
fully described
▪ The changes in policy are fully described in the review.
variously described as/known as/called etc sth
▪ the phenomena variously known as ‘mass culture’, ‘popular culture’, or the ‘public arts’
▪ The Zone will be either the Master, Primary or Secondary as described above.
▪ Perhaps we might slow down a moment here and look at the realities described above.
▪ This Job Control file is sent to the batch queue by the SUBMIT-JOB command as described above.
▪ Primidone is only used when control is not achieved with one of the other drugs described above.
▪ Romaine, Le Page and Tabouret-Keller and others have raised serious theoretical objections to the continuum hypothesis itself, as described above.
▪ The measures being used for coping with ash handling problems for the first four options described above would also be applicable.
▪ Long-term capital is mainly that provided by selling shares as described above and by retaining profits within the company.
▪ Fill wrappers and cook as described above.
▪ One they describe as mechanistic, the other as organic.
▪ In this light, the Queretaro workshops must be described as externally controlled enterprises aimed at proletarianization.
▪ Aromatherapy is the only healing art which could be described as creative in an artistic sense.
▪ Sypherd was described as arrogant, incompetent and hypocritical, and Pacheco was called ineffective, invisible and weak.
▪ Frans Hals had painted portraits of girls who could only be described as plain, but something lively and piquant redeemed them.
▪ The unit is affected by fear as described in the Psychology section of the Warhammer rules.
▪ Special Rules Fear Trolls are large and extremely repulsive monsters which cause fear as described in the Psychology rules.
▪ Deletions were cloned as described in Materials and Methods and transfected into F9 cells by electroporation.
▪ That, in the most general of terms, describes how the nursing process method is applied.
▪ He describes how he killed two young workers taken prisoner in a pitched battle inside a factory workshop.
▪ If so, please describe how this would be achieved.
▪ He describes how the basic system has been tested and extended throughout the Authority, location by location and application by application.
▪ Customers described how salesmen had continued their sales pitches for hours on end.
▪ In the next chapter, we describe a series of experiments designed to explore the extent of this problem.
▪ This chapter describes that law, answering such questions as: What materials can be copyrighted?
▪ In the remainder of this book and especially in the concluding chapter I will describe this reconfiguration in more detail.
▪ This chapter will describe a structured, time-limited, assessment interview, and later examine a number of helpful questionnaires and inventories.
▪ See previous discussion in this chapter describing treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, for the dosage schedule.
▪ This chapter describes the research project that was carried out to develop the method.
▪ Parents should also be carefully questioned about how they are using it and should describe in detail what they do.
▪ Instead, describe each step in detail.
▪ For this reason it will be described in some detail.
▪ The elements of quality assurance and the steps to develop a quality assurance program in ambulatory care are described in detail.
▪ Some of the key plants are described in more detail below.
▪ These stages are described in more detail in my books First Feelings and Playground Politics.
▪ He described details that had been forgotten.
▪ And he described in detail his hopes for Pantisocracy.
▪ In this issue, you will find a number of reports from centres describing their own experience of offering the new awards.
▪ She talked to many patients who described near-death experiences, in which they encountered white light and unconditional love.
▪ She wrote a long and moving letter, describing her terrifying experience of being raped whilst on holiday with two friends.
▪ To describe the experience is not easy.
▪ There can be little doubt that Hoccleve is describing his own experience.
▪ At supper that night he tried to describe the experience to Kathy.
▪ How can I describe that experience in just a few words?
▪ One such teacher described her experiences with Ellen.
▪ Before describing each of the methods in greater detail, one further point can be made about them as a whole.
▪ Walton, using audio clips for illustration, describes some popular methods of representing bird song.
▪ Randi describes their methods in detail, except where some professional magicians' secret would otherwise be exposed.
▪ The methylase assay was performed as described in materials and methods.
▪ It could be described as the Fordist method of international political regulation.
▪ In the next section we will describe a method for finding all efficient tableaux.
▪ The first two volumes describe methods used in microscopy.
▪ In the chapter on technique the author describes the process of carving a figure from a wood with particular properties.
▪ Some products on supermarket shelves are simply described as pasteurized process cheese product.
▪ All of these functions are composite in the budgetary process, which can be described as a two-stage process.
▪ A more organic metaphor is needed to describe the process of transition.
▪ The first are words which describe the process of listening - hearing, concentration, silence.
▪ And every time I speak, without influencing what I want my audience to think, I describe this process.
▪ Francois Michelin describes this secret process as the equivalent of float-glass making, which transformed the manufacture of sheet glass.
▪ My daughter would describe a process called heredity.
▪ This report is described at Section 6.
▪ An example of this phase is gigabit networking, described in Section 3. 4. 3.
▪ The most favourable field is in the local government service, which will be described in the next section.
▪ The Problem Report Form is described at Section 3.
▪ All the phenomena to be described under the section Complex Partial Seizures strongly suggest a temporal lobe origin.
▪ They have further suggested two possible extensions which will be described in the next section.
▪ The five-step process is described in the following sections.
▪ There are many new words to describe eternal responses and situations.
▪ Usually these reports concentrate on prophecies of a forthcoming Armageddon but many also describe a dire contemporary situation.
▪ Certainly it is clear from what Deborah describes that the situation is out of control.
▪ These are particularly useful to describe situations where events occur in parallel or in patterns rather than in a single series.
▪ Lenin described such a situation as revolutionary.
▪ Friends of the Earth has described the situation as scandalous, and called on the National Rivers Authority to prevent further seepage.
▪ To describe the situation fully needs recourse to the clock.
▪ We will adopt only two terms to describe the major functions of language and emphasise that this division is an analytic convenience.
▪ The extent of the commitment was best seen in the New Look, a term Eisenhower coined to describe his military policy.
▪ Hence a set of terms emerged for describing these different patterns, and this set of terms is still in use today.
▪ This term describes the choreiform disorder that rarely occurs in aged individuals.
▪ The term is used to describe grace periods that often go into effect when new geographic area codes are set up.
▪ This table is based upon interviewees' detailed descriptions of their desired practice, not upon terms they used to describe them.
▪ Downbeat nystagmus is a term used to describe nystagmus with fast-phase beating downward when the eyes are looking forward or down.
▪ Though I lack words to describe such devilry, I will try.
▪ Put a check in the box beside the word or words that describe the clues you get from the box.
▪ There are many new words to describe eternal responses and situations.
▪ Most of the wordings initially used for trusts in Roman law are words that could be described as precatory.
▪ Too many words trying to describe a small detail or a momentary glance will only destroy the image.
▪ Similarly young children resort to screaming because they can not use words to describe what they want.
▪ In addition, the coding system used to describe the condition of items was designed to be as simple and unambiguous as possible.
▪ The words people use to describe this event are not the event itself and are only abstracted re-presentations of the event.
▪ The global rating scale was used as described by Jaeschke.
▪ More commonly, the term is now used to describe any really frightening dream.
▪ Batt: The term used to describe a sheet of wadding.
▪ Similarly young children resort to screaming because they can not use words to describe what they want.
▪ Crystallisation Crystallisation is the term used to describe the process by which a floating charge is converted into a normal fixed charge.
▪ What words would you use to describe your emotional characteristics?
aptly named/described/called etc
▪ In that regard, this disc is aptly named.
▪ It was aptly named the Plough & Harrow.
▪ The aptly named Honda Accord has been produced in co-operation with Rover.
▪ The latter was aptly named, so tart that the first gulp curled your lips back.
▪ The Manor might be aptly described as a spiritual College.
▪ The Moonlight Restaurant was aptly named.
▪ The parish was recently founded and aptly named.
▪ Then it was being run by the aptly named Thomas Mill.
▪ Could you try and describe the man you saw?
▪ How would you describe yourself?
▪ I tried to describe the feeling to my doctor, but she didn't understand.
▪ In her book, she describes her journey across the Sahara.
▪ It's difficult to describe how I felt.
▪ Police described the attack as particularly violent.
▪ This Navajo folk tale describes the creation of the Earth.
▪ I will also try to describe why, after a decade of using Macintosh, I still find it exhilarating.
▪ It would be impossible to list them all or to describe how at different times they have been better or worse.
▪ Many of the players to whom we spoke described in some detail their own experiences of playing when injured.
▪ Our other project for this year - the Glenburrell bridge - was described in detail in the last Journal.
▪ Piaget described and accounted for the change of schemata with accommodation.
▪ The brokerage we just described is but one example of an enterprise at odds with itself.
▪ The need for time-cues to produce a body clock with a stable 24-hour period has already been described.
▪ To describe myself as Black in a situation where most people shared my complexion was absurd.
The Collaborative International Dictionary


Describe \De*scribe"\, v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.


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.



  1. v. 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, account]

  3. identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, name]

  4. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, draw, line, delineate]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


early 13c., descriven, from Old French descrivre, descrire (13c.), from Latin describere "to write down, copy; sketch, represent" (see description). Reconstructed with Latin spelling 16c. Related: Describable; described, describes, describing.



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vb. (label en transitive) To represent in words.

Usage examples of "describe".

Church of England or of Rome as the medium of those superior ablutions described above, only that I think the Unitarian Church, like the Lyceum, as yet an open and uncommitted organ, free to admit the ministrations of any inspired man that shall pass by: whilst the other churches are committed and will exclude him.

The deficiencies were of the most surprising sort, and the abnormalities of proportion could not be described.

Pender then went on to describe life aboard the ship for all of the hands, pleading with the admiral to intercede and put an end to this tyranny.

I have expiated with pleasure on the first steps of the crusaders, as they paint the manners and character of Europe: but I shall abridge the tedious and uniform narrative of their blind achievements, which were performed by strength and are described by ignorance.

Neighbors described Abies as proud and self-sufficient, someone who before the standoff would take a group of local children fishing.

For instance, if your forward-facing chair is bolted to the floor and your compartment is being accelerated forward, you will feel the force of your seat on your back just as with the car described by Albert.

Good gracious, but his deep masculine voice was rich, with a thick, lilting accent that could only be described as musical.

Hence the sulphuretted hydrogen must be boiled off and the iron removed as basic ferric acetate by the method described on p.

She had ached to point out that the shockingly expensive hairdresser who cut it once monthly and the even more horrendously expensive lightening procedure which involved a trip to London every month could hardly be described as natural, but what was the point?

She proceeded to explain about the ragged bundle Acorn had carried, and described the rock that fell out of it after his death.

Thus what we describe as environmental regularities are not external features that have been internalized, as representationism and adaptationism both assume.

Many other things can be done with the penises of fathers, but these have already been adequately described by other people.

Quenya as in English, an adjective can be directly combined with a noun, describing it.

But when the adjective comes immediately in front of the noun it describes, it must normally be assumed that it is used attributively and not predicatively.

If you use an adjective to describe a physical attribute, make sure the phrase is not only accurate and sensory but fresh.