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mean distance the arithmetic average of the greatest and least distances of a planet from the sun, used to describe the size of the planet's orbit.
metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used to describe one thing in terms of another in a nonliteral way, such as "drowning in work".
misrepresent to identify or describe in a misleading way. [1/2 definitions]
misstate to describe inaccurately or misleadingly; state incorrectly.
modify in grammar, to describe or limit or particularize the meaning of; qualify. [1/4 definitions]
out of used to describe movement outward from a particular location. [3/9 definitions]
parse in grammar, to separate (a sentence) into its parts and to describe the form and function of each. [2/3 definitions]
picture to describe, esp. in visual detail. [1/8 definitions]
precession the complex motion of a rotating body, such as a spinning top, when subjected to a disturbing force or torque that tends to move the axis of rotation in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the force, causing it generally to describe a cone. [1/3 definitions]
qualify to describe by giving the characteristics of. [1/8 definitions]
rags-to-riches used to describe a story in which someone starts out in life very poor and later becomes rich.
recite to describe or relate information concerning, usu. from memory; recount. [1/5 definitions]
refer to describe or call. [1/5 definitions]
represent to describe in a particular way (usu. fol. by "as"). [1/8 definitions]
set forth to formally present, state, or describe (something) in writing or in speech. [1/2 definitions]
spell out to describe or explain in detail, so as to make unmistakably clear. [1/2 definitions]
sugar-free used to describe food products containing less than 0.5 grams per serving of sucrose or other forms of sugar.
sum up to describe succinctly but completely. [1/2 definitions]
used to functioning as an auxiliary verb followed by the infinitive marker "to," used to describe an action or state that existed in the past but does not happen or exist now. [2 definitions]
would used to describe a characteristic behavior of someone or something in the past. [1/5 definitions]
write up to record or describe in writing, esp. in detail.