From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Design \De*sign"\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Designed; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Designing.] [F. d['e]signer to designate, cf.
   F. dessiner to draw, dessin drawing, dessein a plan or
   scheme; all, ultimately, from L. designare to designate; de-
   + signare to mark, mark out, signum mark, sign. See Sign,
   and cf. Design, n., Designate.]
   1. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch
      for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to
      draw. --Dryden.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to
      show; to point out; to appoint.
      [1913 Webster]

            We shall see
            Justice design the victor's chivalry. --Shak.
      [1913 Webster]

            Meet me to-morrow where the master
            And this fraternity shall design.     --Beau. & Fl.
      [1913 Webster]

   3. To create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or
      scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay
      out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a
      statue, or a cathedral.
      [1913 Webster]

   4. To intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the
      remote object, but sometimes with to.
      [1913 Webster]

            Ask of politicians the end for which laws were
            originally designed.                  --Burke.
      [1913 Webster]

            He was designed to the study of the law. --Dryden.

   Syn: To sketch; plan; purpose; intend; propose; project;
        [1913 Webster]
Feedback Form