Notebook, 1993-


Description / Narration

To Define a quality, To Give an Account, To Pronounce, Indicate, Represent, Portray, Delineate, Note, Show . . . . Concerned with or Based upon fact or experience . . . . Of anything real or imagined - which, in description, implies effort to relate or combine perceived or known qualities, facts, information, data, objects, activity, attitudes----which hold together within a larger context of circumstance, time, event, place, narration, theme , etc.

Description is most obviously involved in the Illustration of stories, and more technically involved with records or texts [medical and other physical sciences, archaeological records, etc.], including instruction manuels, maps, the drafting of elevations and other plans for purposes of industrial engineering, architectural construction, conceptual discourse, etc.

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One may get started from any perspective and find Developments will proceed through selected courses of interest. For personal appreciation --or through concentration of interest in one or two courses through which to demonstrate expertise --all forms of development require the investment of time and interest.

The focus here is on 'Description.'

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Developments may in this way proceed through an appreciation of the arts and art works on a very general level . . . . or . . . . through engagement in materials, processes and methods . . . . through work with visual relationships . . . . . through consideration of aesthetic theory and practice . . . . through an interpretation of a specific discipline . . . . through reference to tradition . . . . . through a review of history or attention to cultural norms or through the development of specific topics, events, or issues . . . .

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4 Describe 1. to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of. 2. to pronounce, as by a designating term; label. 3. to indicate; be a sign of; denote. 4. to represent or delineate by a picture or figure; draw or trace the outline of: to describe an arc. [ME describe(n) < L describe(re). See DE-, SCRIBE1] -Syn. 1. portray, represent; recount, tell, relate, narrate.

Descriptive 1. having the quality of describing; characterized by description. 2. Gram. a. (of an adjective or other modifier) expressing a quality of the word it modifies, as fresh in fresh milk. Cf. limiting. b. (of a clause) nonrestrictive. Cf. restrictive (def. 4). 3. noting, concerned with, or based upon fact or experience. 4. characterized by or based upon the classification and description of material in a given field: descriptive botany.

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]

Describe 1. to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserviing evidence. 2. to cause [one's opinioin, vote, etc.] to be set down or registered. 3. to register [sounds, signals, etc.] so that they can be reproduced by mechanical or electronic equipment. -v..i. 4. to record something; make a record. n. 5. the act of recording. 6. the state of being recorded, as in writing. 7. a piece of writing, a chart, etc. that provides information or the like for ready reference. 8. the infomation or the like provided. 9. the impression made by one's past, esp. for good or bad. 10. a disk or other object on which sounds are recorded for later reproduction. 11. the greatest attainment of its kind. esp. in sports. 12. Law. 1. the commitment to writing, as authentic evidence, of something having legal importance. b. evidence preserved in this manner. c. an authentic or official written report of proceedings of a court of justice. 13. a criminal record: a suspect with a rrecord. 14. go on record, to issue a public statement of one's opinion or stand. 15. off the record, a. not for publication. b. not official. c. confidential. 16. on record, a. existing as a matter of public knowledge; known. b. existing in a publication, document, file, etc. -adj. 17. making or constituting a record. 18. surpassing or superior to all others. [ME record(en) < OF record(er) < L recordárí to remember, recollect = re- RE- + cord- (s. of cors) heart] -Syn. 1. register, enroll, enter, note. 7. chronicle, history, jourrnal; note, memorandum [Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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