|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) 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.
2. (v. t.) To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.
3. (v. t.) To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.
4. (v. i.) To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
de-skrib': This verb, now obsolete, in the sense used in Joshua 18:4, 6, 8, 9 and Judges 8:14, is a translation of kathabh, usually rendered "to write" or "inscribe." But in the above passages it has the Old English meaning of dividing into parts or into lots, as for example: "Walk through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance" (Joshua 18:4); that is, describe in writing the location and size of the several parcels of land thus portioned out. In Judges 8:14 "described" should be translated "wrote down a list of." "Describe" occurs twice in the King James Version of the New Testament (Romans 4:6, 10:5), where lego, and grapho, are both rendered "describeth." the Revised Version (British and American) corrects both, and substitutes "pronounceth" in the first and "writeth" in the second passage.
Description = "list" (1 Esdras 5:39).
W. W. Davies
Describe (11 Occurrences)
Mark 4:30 He said, "How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it? (See NIV)
Luke 8:39 "Return to your house, and declare what great things God has done for you." He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. (See NAS)
Acts 8:33 In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away. Who will declare His generation? For his life is taken from the earth." (See RSV)
Acts 13:41 See, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish, because a work I -- I do work in your days, a work in which ye may not believe, though any one may declare 'it' to you.' (See NAS)
Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. (Root in KJV WBS YLT NIV)
Philippians 3:18 For there are many whom I have often described to you, and I now even with tears describe them, as being enemies to the Cross of Christ. (Root in WEY)
Joshua 18:4 Appoint for yourselves three men from each tribe. I will send them, and they shall arise, walk through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance; and they shall come to me. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Joshua 18:6 Ye shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Joshua 18:8 And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua charged them that went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me, that I may here cast lots for you before the LORD in Shiloh. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Joshua 18:9 And the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book, and came again to Joshua to the host at Shiloh. (Root in KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS)
Ezekiel 43:10 You, son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. (See NAS RSV NIV)