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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"


  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


  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

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • اصلArabic
  • слизане, понижение, спускане, произход, нанадолнищеBulgarian
  • baixadaCatalan, Valencian
  • sestup, pád, spád, původCzech
  • HerkunftGerman
  • origen, descenso, bajada, ascendenciaSpanish
  • syntyperäFinnish
  • descendance, origineFrench
  • teàrnadh, sinnsearachdScottish Gaelic
  • ascendenzaItalian
  • heketangaMāori
  • helling, afdaling, afkomst, herkomstDutch
  • zejście, [[droga]] [[w]] [[dół]], pochodzeniePolish
  • ascendência, decadência, declive, descendência, descida, origemPortuguese
  • схождение, понижение, спуск, происхождениеRussian
  • sílaz, porijéklo, sìlazak, pȃd, spȕst, nágib, podrijétlo, pàdina, rȏd, òbronakSerbo-Croatian

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