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descent

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Descent \De*scent"\, noun [F. descente, fr. descendre; like vente, from vendre. See {Descend}.]

1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.

2. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.

The United Provinces . . . ordered public prayer to God, when they feared that the French and English fleets would make a descent upon their coasts. --Jortin.

3. 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.

2. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction. --Dryden.

5. (Law) Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity. --Abbott.

6. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.

7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.

If care of our descent perplex us most, Which must be born to certain woe. --Milton.

8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.

No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself. --Hooker.

9. Lowest place; extreme downward place. [R.]

And from the extremest upward of thy head, To the descent and dust below thy foot. --Shak.

10. (Mus.) A passing from a higher to a lower tone.

Syn: Declivity; slope; degradation; extraction; lineage; assault; invasion; attack.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

descent

noun

1: a movement downward

2: properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins" [syn: {origin}, {descent}, {extraction}]

3: the act of changing your location in a downward direction

4: the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors [syn: {descent}, {line of descent}, {lineage}, {filiation}]

5: a downward slope or bend [syn: {descent}, {declivity}, {fall}, {decline}, {declination}, {declension}, {downslope}] [ant: {acclivity}, {ascent}, {climb}, {raise}, {rise}, {upgrade}]

6: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: {lineage}, {line}, {line of descent}, {descent}, {bloodline}, {blood line}, {blood}, {pedigree}, {ancestry}, {origin}, {parentage}, {stemma}, {stock}]

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