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Design appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Snoring is Ed’s deer, eh?… Where Ed’s design irons.
  • Seed net tasting is edified art I trade if I design its attendees.
  • I?… as nobody let a design I’d done be nodding, I sedately do bonsai.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun design:

imaginative writing14.22%informational writing85.78%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun design:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb design:


Design is sometimes a misspelling of designed.

The word design and its family (designed, designer, designers, designing, designs) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun design

What does design mean as a name of something?

Design is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: designs

  1. the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)
    • example: he contributed to the design of a new instrument
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of design: designing
    • more generic term: creating by mental acts = the act of creating something by thinking
    • more specific word: planning = the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise
  2. an arrangement scheme
    • examples: the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult | it was an excellent design for living
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of design: plan
    • more generic words: arrangement / organisation / organization / system = an organized structure for arranging or classifying
    • more specific terms:
      • configuration / constellation = an arrangement of parts or elements
      • layout = a plan or design of something that is laid out
      • snare / trap = something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
      • hotel plan / meal plan = a plan and a room rate for providing a room and meals to guests at a hotel
  3. something intended as a guide for making something else
  4. a decorative or artistic work
    • example: the coach had a design on the doors
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of design: figure / pattern
    • more generic words: decoration / ornament / ornamentation = something used to beautify
    • more specific terms:
      • argyle / argyll = a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background
      • bear claw = an incised design resembling the claw of a bear
      • damascene = a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
      • decalcomania / decal = either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
      • device = any ornamental pattern or design
      • emblem = special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
      • herringbone pattern / herringbone = a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way
      • linocut = a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum
      • mandala = any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe
      • mihrab = a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug
      • motive / motif = a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
      • polka dot = design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots
      • pyrograph = a design produced by pyrography
      • screen saver = a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time
      • sunburst = a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it
      • tattoo = a design on the skin made by tattooing
      • tetraskelion / tetraskele = a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center
      • triskelion / triskele = a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center
      • weave = pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
      • marking = a pattern of marks
  5. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    • example: he made no secret of his designs
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of design: aim / intent / intention / purpose
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific terms:
  6. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
    • example: the design of a building
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: sketch / study = preliminary drawing for later elaboration
  7. the creation of something in the mind

Alternative definition of the noun design


  1. A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.
  2. A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.
  3. The composition of a work of art.
  4. Intention or plot.
  5. The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.
  6. The art of designing

Definition of the verb design

What does design mean as a doing word?

Design is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: designed | designing | designs

  1. make or work out a plan for; devise
    • examples: design a new sales strategy | Did he design his major works over a short period of time? | They design the cape
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of design: contrive / plan / project
    • more generic terms: create by mental act / create mentally = create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
    • more specific terms:
      • plot = devise the sequence of events in
      • concert = contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
      • map out / map = plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
  2. plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
    • example: This room is not designed for work
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]David dug me a hole | Donna fixed me a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]David constructed a house | Donna fixed a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] as [Oblique]They designed the Westinghouse-Mitsubishi venture as a non-equity transaction
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]David dug a hole for me | Donna fixed a sandwich for me
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]David constructed a house out of sticks

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): conjure, dig, mint, publish, rearrange, reconstitute, reorganize, schedule, stage.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: designate / destine / intend / specify = design or destine
  3. create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
    • examples: Chanel designed the famous suit | Did he design his major works over a short period of time?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = create by artistic means
    • more specific terms:
  4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
  5. create designs
    • examples: Dupont designs for the house of Chanel | Did he design his major works over a short period of time?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = create by artistic means
  6. conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
  7. intend or have as a purpose
    • example: She designed to go far in the world of business
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: intend / mean / think = have in mind as a purpose


  1. Design is a musical group.
    • albums: "In Flight", "Pullin’ Away", "Jet Song", "Tomorrow Is So Far Away", "Coloured Mile", "By Design", "One Sunny Day: Singles and Rarities 1968-1978", "Design", "Day of the Fox / In Flight", "Design/Tomorrow Is So Far Away", "Day of the Fox", "Willow Stream", "Second Love", "Love Is", "Color All the World", "Losing You", "You’re So Good to Me", "Jennifer", "Mayday", "Michaelangelo", "Banging on the Old Piano", "One Sunny Day", "Sing the World a Song"
    • official website:
  2. Design is a musical group.
    • albums: "In Flight", "Pullin’ Away", "Jet Song", "Tomorrow Is So Far Away", "Coloured Mile", "By Design", "One Sunny Day: Singles and Rarities 1968-1978", "Design", "Day of the Fox / In Flight", "Design/Tomorrow Is So Far Away", "Day of the Fox", "Willow Stream", "Second Love", "Love Is", "Color All the World", "Losing You", "You’re So Good to Me", "Jennifer", "Mayday", "Michaelangelo", "Banging on the Old Piano", "One Sunny Day", "Sing the World a Song"
    • official website:

There are other groups with in their name, like Pop Design, Mind Design, Time Design, Black Design, Eve's Design, Real By Design, Frail by Design, Infinite Design, The Free Design, The Action Design, Design The Skyline, Afflicted By Design and The Aim of Design Is to Define Space.


  1. "Design" is a musical album of Angelo.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Design" is a musical album of Interior.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  3. "Design" is a musical album of Design.
    • released in (44 years ago)
  4. "Design" is a musical single of Origene.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "Design" is a musical EP of Grace Mitchell.
  6. "Design" is a composition.
  7. "Design" is a song by Glasser.


  1. "Design" is a book by John Heskett, published on (9 years ago).
    • also known as "Design: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)"
  2. "Design" is a book by Anne Bony.
    • also known as "Design: history, main trends, major figures"
  3. "Design" is a book by Thomas Hauffe.
  4. "Design" is a book by Sybil Emerson.
    • also known as "Design: a creative approach"
  5. "Design" is a book by Billy Collins.
    • also known as "Design = Diseño"

There are many other writings with this title.


  1. "Design" is a 2002 film directed by Davidson Cole.
  2. "Design" is a film, directed by Anna-Celia Kendall & Danielle Schirman.
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • genres: Documentary film, World cinema
    • released in (9 years ago)


Design is a record label.


  1. Design is a marketing campaign.
  2. Design is a department.
  3. Design is a 2011 Telly Award winning ad, created for Adams Golf.
    • award: - Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Sports/Sporting Goods/Games, received by Post Asylum
  4. Design is a periodical.
  5. Design: Tube or solid state.
  6. Design: This property details the design, or shape, associated with the element.
  7. Design: Our staff of talented designer will do everything to create a visually appealing Design. We will update you on every milestone of the process to guarantee your views and expectations are met.
  8. Design is an industry.
  9. Design is a field of study.

Phrases with Design

Phrases starting with the word Design:

  1. Design'd
  2. Design load
  3. Design pattern
  4. Design to Cost
  5. design criteria
  6. Design Critique

Phrases ending with the word Design:

  1. by design
  2. Web design
  3. Open design
  4. Type design
  5. graphic design
  6. Systems design
  7. interior design
  8. Industrial design
  9. Zero-Order Design
  10. Intelligent design
  11. Interaction design
  12. Experimental design
  13. Argument From Design
  14. Computational design

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Design

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Google previewSpatial Design Education (2016)

New Directions for Pedagogy in Architecture and Beyond by Ashraf M. Salama

Design is an activity that engages designers intellectually and socially. • • • • • Design...

Design is an activity that includes analogy as the riches source for creative ideas. • • • • Design...

Design is a creative problem solving activity. • • • Design ...

Google previewTheory in Landscape Architecture (2002)

A Reader by Simon Swaffield

KEVIN LYNCH AND GARY HACK Design is the search for forms that satisfy a program. It deals with particular solutions, while the...

By common account, design is a mystery, a flash of revelation. The genius who receives this flash learns to ...

Google previewArt & Design Forms 1 and 2

Design means the arrangement of elements such as line, shape, texture, colour and value in order to achieve unity and harmony.

Design is a conscious human activity which is carried out at two levels.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1993)

Volume 28 - Supplement 13: AerosPate Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Tree Structures by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Design is an intelligent human activity requiring many skills and much knowledge . Design problems can be...

Google previewMorgan Kaufmann series in data management systems (2003)

Designing data-intensive Web applications by Stefano Ceri, Aldo Bongio, Piero Fraternali, Marco Brambilla, Sara Comai, Maristella Matera

Hypertext design is the phase of the entire lifecycle that mostly benefits from a conceptual and model-driven approach. Reasoning about the functions to be delivered by site views and pages is much easier at the conceptual level and with a ...

Google previewBeginning Programming in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (2013)

by Greg Perry, Dean Miller

Top-down design is the process of breaking down the overall problem into more and more detail until you finalize all the details. With top-down design,

The problem with top-down design is that programmers tend not to use it. They tend to ...

Google previewSustainable Construction (2008)

Green Building Design and Delivery by Charles J. Kibert

Integrated building design or integrated design is the name given to the high levels of collaboration and teamwork that help...

Google previewResearch Design in Social Research (2001)

by D. A. De Vaus, Professor David de Vaus

Research design refers to the structure of an enquiry: it is a logical matter rather than a logistical one. It has been...

Design is a logical task undertaken to ensure that the evidence collected enables us to answer questions or to test theories as ...

Google previewAdvances in Neural Networks - ISNN 2007 (2007)

4th International Symposium on Neutral Networks, ISNN 2007 Nanjing, China, June 3-7, 2007. Proceedings by Derong Liu, Zeng-Guang Hou

Product conceptual design is an innovative activity that is to form and optimize the projects of products. Identification of the best...

Google previewAn Anthology of Theories and Models of Design (2014)

Philosophy, Approaches and Empirical Explorations by Amaresh Chakrabarti, Lucienne T. M. Blessing

'Engineering design is the use of scientific principles, technical information and imagination in the definition of a...

'Engineering design is a process performed by humans aided by technical means through which information in the form of ...

Google previewScreen (2001)

Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture by Jessica Helfand

Graphic design is the boldly directional arrows on street signs and the blurred, frenetic typography on the title sequence to "E.E." It is the bright green logo for...

Graphic design is a popular art, a practical art. an applied art and an ancient art.

Google previewDesign Dictionary (2008)

Perspectives on Design Terminology by Michael Erlhoff, Timothy Marshall

R RADICAL DESIGN Italy's Radical Design (Italian: Disegno Radicale) movement emerged in the late 19605 and was...

Radical Design was influenced by a number of earlier movements and collectives, particularly Archigram, a group of ...

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Quotes about Design

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design. (Jim Henson)
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Scrabble value of D2E1S1I1G2N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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