Chapter 20- - Understanding definitions descriptions and instructions A definition is typically a brief explanation of an item or concept using

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Chapter 20. Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 1 Understanding definitions, descriptions, and instructions A definition is typically a brief explanation of an item or concept using words and (sometimes) graphics. A description is typically a longer explanation, usually accompanied by graphics of an item, concept, or process. A set of instructions is a kind of process description intended to enable a person to carry out a task.
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Chapter 20. Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 2 Definitions have two main uses: Definitions clarify a description of a new development or a new technology in a technical field. For instance, a zoologist who has discovered a new animal species names and defines it. Definitions help specialists communicate with less knowledgeable readers. A manual explaining how to tune up a car includes definitions of parts and tools.
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Chapter 20. Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 3 Use these four strategies for defining terms for readers from another culture: Add a glossary: a list of definitions. Use Simplified English and easily recognizable terms in definitions. Pay close attention to key terms. Use visuals to help readers understand a term or concept.
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Chapter 20. Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 4 There are three types of definitions: parenthetical sentence extended
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Chapter 20. Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 5 Sentence definitions follow a typical pattern: Item = Category + Distinguishing Characteristics
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Chapter 20. Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 6 Follow these four guidelines for writing effective sentence definitions: Be specific in stating the category and the distinguishing characteristics. Don’t describe a specific item if you are defining a
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Chapter 20- - Understanding definitions descriptions and instructions A definition is typically a brief explanation of an item or concept using

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