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Definitions of descend

  1. 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.
  2. To go down or downward; fall. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. To go down or along. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To go down upon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To enter mentally; to retire. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. To move toward the south, or to the southward. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  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. 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
  18. come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. To go or come down. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To walk, move, or pass downward on a declivity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for descend

  1. " You'll never be a true miner, Jimmy, if 'ee go hankerin' after the sun like that," said his brother with a laugh, as he stepped on the ladder and began to descend – Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. Take my advice, young man; there is a step in a gambler's life to which it is dangerous to descend and if you have brought your father and uncle into trouble, blame neither me nor my money, returned Graspum. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
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