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Definitions of descend

  1. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. do something that one considers to be below one's dignity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To enter mentally; to retire. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To move toward the south, or to the southward. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; - the opposite of ascend. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; - with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To go or come down from a higher to a lower position; to come or fall violently or in force; as, the army was ordered to descend upon the town; be derived; fall in order of inheritance, or from one generation to another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To go down or along. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To climb down: to pass from a higher to a lower place or condition; to fall upon or invade: to be derived. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To go down upon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To go or come down. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To go down or downward; fall. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To be handed down; be sprung or derived; with from, formerly of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To walk, move, or pass downward on a declivity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To come or go down; to enter in; to fall upon or to invade; to proceed from a source or be derived; to pass from a preceding possessor according to law of succession; to pass from generals to particulars; to come down from a higher to a lower level morally or socially; to condescend; to pass from sharp to flat. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend. mso.anu.edu.au
  24. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon. mso.anu.edu.au
  25. d[=e]-send', v.i. to climb down: to pass from a higher to a lower place or condition: to pass from general to particulars: to fall upon or invade: to be derived.--v.t. to go down upon: to go to the bottom of.--n. DESCEND'ANT, one who descends, as offspring from an ancestor.--adjs. DESCEND'ENT, descending or going down: proceeding from an ancestor; DESCEND'IBLE, that may descend or be descended: capable of transmission by inheritance, heritable.--p.adj. DESCEND'ING.--n. DESCEN'SION.--adj. DESCEN'SIONAL.--n. DESCENT', act of descending: transmission by succession: motion or progress downward: slope: a falling upon or invasion: derivation from an ancestor: a generation, a degree in genealogy: descendants collectively.--DESCENT FROM THE CROSS, a picture representing Christ being taken down from the cross. [Fr. descendre--L. descend[)e]re--de, down, scand[)e]re, to climb.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Come or go down, sink, fall, (descending letter in Typog., with tail below line); slope downwards; make sudden attack upon; proceed in narrative &c. from earlier to later time, from greater to less (so Math., descending series of numbers), from general to particular; stoop to do; (rare) be DESCENDED from; be transmitted by inheritance from (of qualities, property, privileges), pass (to heir, or abs.); go down (hill, stairs). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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