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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

Quotes of descent

  1. The descent to Hades is the same from every place – Anaxagoras
  2. No country in Europe has a larger proportion of men and women of immigrant descent mainly from the African continent and mainly Muslim an estimated six to seven million of them or more than 10% of the population – Timothy Garton Ash
  3. After the departure of the land parties I embarked with six men on thursday the 21st april on board my newly made boat and began the descent of the river – William Henry Ashley
  4. Genealogy n An account of one's descent from a man who did not particularly care to trace his own – Ambrose Bierce
  5. I'm of Filipino Spanish and Chinese descent and was raised on Hawaii – Tia Carrere
  6. After 1980 you never heard reference to space again Surface the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism became the focus of design Space disappeared – Arthur Erickson
  7. My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds My father's Italian my mother was of Swedish descent They're both first -generation Americans – Susan Lucci
  8. In the world of the celebrity the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth – C. Wright Mills
  9. Though born in Nova Scotia I am of almost pure New England descent – Simon Newcomb
  10. My life has been one long descent into respectability – Mandy Rice-Davies
  11. Those who boast of their descent brag on what they owe to others – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  12. The descent to the infernal regions is easy enough but to retrace one's steps and reach the air above there's the rub – Virgil

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