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descend

[dih-send]
verb (used without object)
1.
to go or pass from a higher to a lower place; move or come down: to descend from the mountaintop.
2.
to pass from higher to lower in any scale or series.
3.
to go from generals to particulars, as in a discussion.
4.
to slope, tend, or lead downward: The path descends to the pond.
5.
to be inherited or transmitted, as through succeeding generations of a family: The title descends through eldest sons.
6.
to have a specific person or family among one's ancestors (usually followed by from ): He is descended from Cromwell.
7.
to be derived from something remote in time, especially through continuous transmission: This festival descends from a druidic rite.
8.
to approach or pounce upon, especially in a greedy or hasty manner (followed by on or upon ): Thrill-seekers descended upon the scene of the crime.
9.
to settle, as a cloud or vapor.
10.
to appear or become manifest, as a supernatural being, state of mind, etc.: Jupiter descended to humankind.
11.
to attack, especially with violence and suddenness (usually followed by on or upon ): to descend upon enemy soldiers.
12.
to sink or come down from a certain intellectual, moral, or social standard: He would never descend to baseness.
13.
Astronomy. to move toward the horizon, as the sun or a star.
verb (used with object)
14.
to move downward upon or along; go or climb down (stairs, a hill, etc.).
15.
to extend or lead down along: The path descends the hill.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English descenden < Old French descendre < Latin dēscendere, equivalent to dē- de- + -scendere, combining form of scandere to climb; cf. scansion

descendingly, adverb
predescend, verb
redescend, verb
undescended, adjective
undescending, adjective
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descend (dɪˈsɛnd)
 
vb (often foll by on or upon)
1.  (also tr) to move, pass, or go down (a hill, slope, staircase, etc)
2.  (of a hill, slope, or path) to lead or extend down; slope; incline
3.  to move to a lower level, pitch, etc; fall
4.  (often foll by from) to be connected by a blood relationship (to a dead or extinct individual, race, species, etc)
5.  to be passed on by parents or ancestors; be inherited
6.  to sink or come down in morals or behaviour; lower oneself
7.  to arrive or attack in a sudden or overwhelming way: their relatives descended upon them last week
8.  (of the sun, moon, etc) to move towards the horizon
 
[C13: from Old French descendre, from Latin dēscendere, from de- + scandere to climb; see scan]
 
des'cendable
 
adj

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descend
c.1300, from O.Fr. descendre, from L. descendere, from de- "down" + scandere "to climb," from PIE base *skand- "jump." Sense of "originate from" is late 14c. In typography, descender "part of a letter that extends below the body" is from 1802.
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