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Definitions of descent

  1. the descendants of one individual; " his entire lineage has been warriors"
  2. a downward slope or bend
  3. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  4. the act of changing your location in a downward direction
  5. properties attributable to your ancestry; " he comes from good origins"
  6. a movement downward
  7. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
  8. 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.
  9. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
  10. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
  11. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
  12. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
  13. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
  14. Lowest place; extreme downward place.
  15. A passing from a higher to a lower tone.
  16. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; - often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
  17. Change from a higher to a lower place; a sudden hostile invasion or attack; a coming from a common ancestor.
  18. Act of descending: motion or progress downward: slope: a falling upon or invasion: derivation from an ancestor.
  19. Motion downward; slope; invasion; derivation from an ancestor.
  20. The act of descending; decline; fall.
  21. A declivity; slope.
  22. Lineage; birth.
  23. Descendants; issue.
  24. An invasion.
  25. The vaults or hollow places made by undermining the ground.
  26. 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.
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Usage examples for descent

  1. He was the head of an ancient Norman house, and was proud of his descent – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. The descent from that was naturally to melancholy. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. They were just in time to see Mike make his descent – Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne
  4. Madge could not tell how far she and Captain Jules had traveled on the bottom of the bay, but she knew they had made their descent at a place no very great distance from the spot where Roy Dennis's yacht had run down their skiff, and Captain Jules had rescued Tania and herself. – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  5. Pray understand, however, that, in finding your level, you have had to make a very considerable descent – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  6. When she went down for Tania the second time she chose a different place to make her descent – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  7. Corentin's attention was diverted by a very distinct noise coming from the other end of the Promenade, where the rock wall ended and a steep descent leading down to the Queen's Staircase began. – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  8. And so she was in a happier frame of mind when the little company made their descent at mid- day. –  by
  9. The family were of Armenian descent although they were unwilling to own the fact. – A Galahad of the Creeks; The Widow Lamport by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
  10. Wander helped her down a jagged descent and laughed up in her face. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  11. It is situated at the foot of a rock with a sheer descent of more than a hundred feet. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. Just because it is so inevitable, The Descent of Man has not the unique interest of The Origin of Species. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  13. At the foot of the horrible descent we meet with the Niagara river, which is not above a quarter of a league broad, but is wonderfully deep in some places. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  14. I suppose I ought to congratulate you upon your wonderful descent upon us yesterday." – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  15. After half an hour's descent they found themselves in a rough road, along the face of the hill. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  16. The actual line of descent is obscure. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe
  17. And not meeting a reply, she went on: That tiresome man, Sir Marcus Cluff, made a descent upon me, to talk of- what do you think? – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  18. As it was, if we had not had a good moon, we could hardly have made the descent – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  19. Yeh see, part o' Perfesser Thunder's show is called the Descent of Man. – The Missing Link by Edward Dyson
  20. From this union the present royal family of Holland trace their descent – History of Holland by George Edmundson
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