1 a movement downward
3 the act of changing your location in a downward direction
4 the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors [syn: line of descent, lineage, filiation]
5 a downward slope or bend [syn: declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope] [ant: ascent]
6 the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
EtymologyFrom and descente, from descendre.
- An instance of descending
- We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.
- A way down.
- We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.
- A sloping passage or incline.
- The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.
- Lineage or hereditary derivation
- Our guide was of Welsh descent.
- A drop to a lower status or condition.
- After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.
- Sometimes confused with decent.
A way down
- Russian: спуск
A sloping passage or incline
lineage or hereditary derivation
A drop to a lower status or condition
- Russian: понижение
Descent may refer to:
- Descent (aircraft), the decrease of an aircraft in altitude during flight
- Descent (font), the distance that a typeface descends below the baseline in typography
- Descent (category theory), an idea in mathematics, extending the idea of 'gluing' in topology
- Descent (computer game), first in a series from Parallax Software and Outrage Entertainment
- The Descent (novel), by Jeff Long
descent in French: Descent
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