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.
- To give an account of in speech or writing.
- To convey an idea or impression of; characterize: She described her childhood as a time of wonder and discovery.
- To represent pictorially; depict: Goya's etchings describe the horrors of war in grotesque detail.
- To trace the form or outline of: describe a circle with a compass.