Definitions of descent

  1. The vaults or hollow places made by undermining the ground.
  2. the descendants of one individual; " his entire lineage has been warriors"
  3. a downward slope or bend
  4. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  5. a movement downward
  6. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
  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.
  8. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
  9. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
  10. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
  11. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
  12. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
  13. Lowest place; extreme downward place.
  14. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; - often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
  15. Change from a higher to a lower place; a sudden hostile invasion or attack; a coming from a common ancestor.
  16. Act of descending: motion or progress downward: slope: a falling upon or invasion: derivation from an ancestor.
  17. Motion downward; slope; invasion; derivation from an ancestor.
  18. The act of descending; decline; fall.
  19. A declivity; slope.
  20. Lineage; birth.
  21. Descendants; issue.
  22. An invasion.
  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.