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verb (used without object)
to go or pass from a higher to a lower place; move or come down:
to descend from the mountaintop.
to pass from higher to lower in any scale or series.
to go from generals to particulars, as in a discussion.
to slope, tend, or lead downward:
The path descends to the pond.
to be inherited or transmitted, as through succeeding generations of a family:
The title descends through eldest sons.
to have a specific person or family among one's ancestors (usually followed by
He is descended from Cromwell.
to be derived from something remote in time, especially through continuous transmission:
This festival descends from a druidic rite.
to approach or pounce upon, especially in a greedy or hasty manner (followed by
Thrill-seekers descended upon the scene of the crime.
to settle, as a cloud or vapor.
to appear or become manifest, as a supernatural being, state of mind, etc.:
Jupiter descended to humankind.
to attack, especially with violence and suddenness (usually followed by
to descend upon enemy soldiers.
to sink or come down from a certain intellectual, moral, or social standard:
He would never descend to baseness.
to move toward the horizon, as the sun or a star.
verb (used with object)
to move downward upon or along; go or climb down (stairs, a hill, etc.).
to extend or lead down along:
The path descends the hill.
combining form of
to climb; cf.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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And we've got work to do to prepare our hives before winter
Running in the opposite direction, the linear gear
The airspeed will read higher and higher values as the aircraft
to us from the world of ritual, not reason.
Y ou want to get away before fall
, and you want something a little bit exotic.
into the base of the model train set where it is turned in circles by a rotating motor.
The lines are drawn on the alluvial plain that
from this valley towards the sea.
But again, his control slips, and the writing
into adjectival incontinence.
It is a kind of backward room, because one enters by way of the stage and
to the seats.
The articular branch from the obturator nerve
upon the artery to the knee-joint.
British Dictionary definitions for
) to move, pass, or go down (a hill, slope, staircase, etc)
(of a hill, slope, or path) to lead or extend down; slope; incline
to move to a lower level, pitch, etc; fall
often foll by from
) to be connected by a blood relationship (to a dead or extinct individual, race, species, etc)
to be passed on by parents or ancestors; be inherited
to sink or come down in morals or behaviour; lower oneself
often foll by
on or upon.
to arrive or attack in a sudden or overwhelming way
their relatives descended upon them last week
(of the sun, moon, etc) to move towards the horizon
C13: from Old French
to climb; see
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for
c.1300, from O.Fr.
, from L.
"to climb," from PIE base
"jump." Sense of "originate from" is late 14c. In typography,
"part of a letter that extends below the body" is from 1802.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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