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Verbal description   /vˈərbəl dɪskrˈɪpʃən/   Listen
Verbal description

A statement that represents something in words.  Synonym: description.

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"Verbal description" Quotes from Famous Books

... upon me, yet a careful study of the admirable map of the crater, a comparison of the heights of the very considerable cones which are buried within it, and the attempt to realize the figures which represent its circumference, area, and depth, not only give a far better idea of it than any verbal description, but impress its singular sublimity and magnitude upon one far more forcibly than a single ...
— The Hawaiian Archipelago • Isabella L. Bird

... "Verbal description is a slow affair compared with action. The whole set of events that I have narrated occupied but a few minutes. When I unbolted the parlor door and found a somnolent navvy waiting to be shaved, I realized with astonishment how ...
— The Uttermost Farthing - A Savant's Vendetta • R. Austin Freeman

... the influence of any passion, touch and move us more than those which far more clearly and distinctly express the subject?matter. We yield to sympathy what we refuse to description. The truth is, all verbal description, merely as naked description, though never so exact, conveys so poor and insufficient an idea of the thing described, that it could scarcely have the smallest effect, if the speaker did not call in to his aid those modes of speech that mark a strong and lively feeling ...
— Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. • Edmund Burke

... a fair verbal description of these firearms, and mention of electric whips," he said. "I'm curious about where they ...
— Time Crime • H. Beam Piper

... important impulse. The success of all laboratory methods of teaching, and of such subjects as manual training and domestic science, is abundant proof of the adage that we learn by doing. We would rather construct or manipulate an object than merely learn its verbal description. Our deepest impulses lead to creation rather than simple mental appropriation of facts ...
— The Mind and Its Education • George Herbert Betts

... composed of delicate tracery.—There are so many peculiarities both in the arrangement and in the details of this cathedral[91], that it is quite impossible to convey an adequate idea of them by a verbal description; and I can only hope that they will be hereafter made familiar to the English antiquarian by the pencil of Mr. Cotman ...
— Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2) • Dawson Turner

... from the depositing of detritus carried down the steep side of the valley by a tributary stream and deposited in the form of a fan, when the force of the water is weakened as it enters the more level floor of the valley. To interpret this verbal description, however, the pupil must first interpret the words of the teacher as sounds, and then convert these into ideas by bringing his former knowledge to bear upon the word symbols. If we could take it for granted that the pupil will readily grasp the ...
— Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education • Ontario Ministry of Education

... works exist a few miles up the valley; signal-mounds are to be seen on all heights, commanding a wide view, and the famous alligator mound is placed, as if with the design of guarding the entrance to the valley. No verbal description will give an idea of the works, so we refer at once to the plan. This will give us a good idea of the works as they were when the first white settlers gazed upon them. They have nearly all been swept away by modern improvements, excepting ...
— The Prehistoric World - Vanished Races • E. A. Allen

Words linked to "Verbal description" :   word-painting, characterization, job description, description, word picture, characterisation, statement, depiction, specification, spec, delineation, picture

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