1 characterized by or containing description; serving to describe
2 (Grammar) (of an adjective) serving to describe the referent of the noun modified, as for example the adjective brown as contrasted with my and former.
3 relating to or based upon description or classification rather than explanation or prescription descriptive linguistics
n the study of the projection of three-dimensional figures onto a plane surface
n functioning as sing the study of the description of the internal phonological, grammatical, and semantic structures of languages at given points in time without reference to their histories or to one another, (Also called)
synchronic linguistics Compare →
n functioning as sing the philosophical study of the structure of how we think about the world
n (Chess) a method of denoting the squares on the chessboard in which each player names the files from the pieces that stand on them at the opening and numbers the ranks away from himself
n functioning as sing the use of statistics to describe a set of known data in a clear and concise manner, as in terms of its mean and variance, or diagramatically, as by a histogram
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