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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•scentdɪˈsɛnt(n.)

  1. the act, process, or fact of descending.

  2. a downward inclination or slope.

  3. a passage or stairway leading down.

  4. derivation from an ancestor; lineage; extraction.

  5. any passing from higher to lower in degree or state; decline.

  6. a sudden raid or hostile attack.

  7. transmission of real property by intestate succession.

    Category: Law

Origin of descent:

1300–50; ME < AF, OF descente, der. of descendre to descend

Princeton's WordNet

  1. descent(noun)

    a movement downward

  2. origin, descent, extraction(noun)

    properties attributable to your ancestry

    "he comes from good origins"

  3. descent(noun)

    the act of changing your location in a downward direction

  4. descent, line of descent, lineage, filiation(noun)

    the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

  5. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope(noun)

    a downward slope or bend

  6. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock(noun)

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. descent(noun)ɪˈsɛnt

    ≠ ascent

    a slow descent down the mountain

  2. descentɪˈsɛnt

    indicates the group of people sb comes from

    students of Native American descent

Wiktionary

  1. descent(Noun)

    An instance of descending

    We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.

  2. descent(Noun)

    A way down.

    We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.

  3. descent(Noun)

    A sloping passage or incline.

    The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.

  4. descent(Noun)

    Lineage or hereditary derivation

    Our guide was of Welsh descent.

  5. descent(Noun)

    A drop to a lower status or condition.

    After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.

  6. Origin: From and descente, from descendre; see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Descent(noun)

    the act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower

  2. Descent(noun)

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

  3. Descent(noun)

    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

  4. Descent(noun)

    derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction

  5. Descent(noun)

    transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity

  6. Descent(noun)

    inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent

  7. Descent(noun)

    that which is descended; descendants; issue

  8. Descent(noun)

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

  9. Descent(noun)

    lowest place; extreme downward place

  10. Descent(noun)

    a passing from a higher to a lower tone

Freebase

  1. Descent

    Descent is a 3D first-person shooter video game developed by Parallax Software and released by Interplay on March 17, 1995. The game features six degrees of freedom gameplay and garnered several expansion packs. It spawned two direct sequels: Descent II and Descent 3. The trademark registration for Descent was allowed to lapse by Interplay in 2002 and was re-registered in 2008.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Descent' in Nouns Frequency: #2854


Translations for Descent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

descent(noun)

the act of descending

The descent of the hill was quickly completed.

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