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Definitions of descent

  1. The vaults or hollow places made by undermining the ground. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a downward slope or bend Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a movement downward Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. That which is descended; descendants; issue. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Lowest place; extreme downward place. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; - often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Change from a higher to a lower place; a sudden hostile invasion or attack; a coming from a common ancestor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Act of descending: motion or progress downward: slope: a falling upon or invasion: derivation from an ancestor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Motion downward; slope; invasion; derivation from an ancestor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. The act of descending; decline; fall. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A declivity; slope. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Lineage; birth. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Descendants; issue. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. An invasion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. The act of descending; downward slope; progress downward; fall from a higher to a lower state or station; invasion of troops from the sea; transmission by succession or inheritance; birth; a single degree in the scale of genealogy; descendants; lowest place; the motion of a body caused by the attraction of gravity; a passing from a note or sound to one more grave or less acute. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for descent

  1. Pray understand, however, that, in finding your level, you have had to make a very considerable descent – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  2. Just because it is so inevitable, The Descent of Man has not the unique interest of The Origin of Species. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
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