What does descend mean?

Definitions for descend
dɪˈsɛndde·scend

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. descend, fall, go down, come downverb

    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

    "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"

  2. derive, come, descendverb

    come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example

    "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins"

  3. condescend, deign, descendverb

    do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

  4. fall, descend, settleverb

    come as if by falling

    "Night fell"; "Silence fell"

Wiktionary

  1. descendverb

    To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  2. descendverb

    To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]

    [He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself descended. John Milton.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  3. descendverb

    To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.

    And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. Alexander Pope.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  4. descendverb

    To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  5. descendverb

    To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  6. descendverb

    To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  7. descendverb

    To move toward the south, or to the southward.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  8. descendverb

    To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

  9. descendverb

    To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.

    But never tears his cheek descended. Byron.

    Etymology: From decenden, from descendre, from descendere, past participle descensus, from de- + scandere. See scan, scandent. Compare ascend, condescend, transcend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Descendverb

    to pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  2. Descendverb

    to enter mentally; to retire

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  3. Descendverb

    to make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  4. Descendverb

    to come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  5. Descendverb

    to pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  6. Descendverb

    to come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  7. Descendverb

    to move toward the south, or to the southward

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  8. Descendverb

    to fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

  9. Descendverb

    to go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder

    Etymology: [F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Descend

    dē-send′, v.i. to climb down: to pass from a higher to a lower place or condition: to pass from general to particulars: to fall upon or invade: to be derived.—v.t. to go down upon: to go to the bottom of.—n. Descend′ant, one who descends, as offspring from an ancestor.—adjs. Descend′ent, descending or going down: proceeding from an ancestor; Descend′ible, that may descend or be descended: capable of transmission by inheritance, heritable.—p.adj. Descend′ing.—n. Descen′sion.—adj. Descen′sional.—n. Descent′, act of descending: transmission by succession: motion or progress downward: slope: a falling upon or invasion: derivation from an ancestor: a generation, a degree in genealogy: descendants collectively.—Descent from the cross, a picture representing Christ being taken down from the cross. [Fr. descendre—L. descendĕrede, down, scandĕre, to climb.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. descend

    In a military sense, means to make an attack or incursion as if from a vantage-ground.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'descend' in Verbs Frequency: #789

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of descend in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of descend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of descend in a Sentence

  1. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya:

    The invasion of Ukraine by the Belarusian army is a step with irreversible ramifications, it would be a shameful stain on relations with the Ukrainian people and would further isolate Belarus from the rest of the world, right up to the Iron Curtain, behind which Belarus would not be seen as an independent state, and life in the country would descend into poverty.

  2. Fred Robinson:

    The nation will become more bifurcated and will descend into these tribal spaces that I don't think will be good for us, i do anticipate a lot more pain.

  3. Karen Petrou:

    Another week or so of growing COVID-19 contagion, canceled events, foregone travel and shuttered businesses will lead to waves of delinquent debt from Americans with no other choice, one longstanding lesson of economic history is that liquidity crises descend into solvency debacles if not quickly resolved.

  4. Uppsala University:

    Humans have always been interested in trying to find an answer to the question, 'Where do we come from?' Well, now we know from what type of microbial ancestor we descend, essentially, Lokiarchaeota represent a missing piece of the puzzle of the evolution from simple cells - bacteria and archaea, prokaryotes - to complex cells - eukaryotes, which includes us humans.

  5. Mark Bederow:

    Commercial burglaries will be subjected to a lax standard of prosecution, which hopefully will not encourage criminals to descend upon Manhattan to engage in the flash mob burglaries that have all but destroyed business in San Francisco.

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Translations for descend

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  • هبط, نزلArabic
  • спусці́цца, спуска́ццаBelarusian
  • налитам, слизам, спускам се, произлизам, нахвърлям се, предавам се по наследствоBulgarian
  • descendirCatalan, Valencian
  • sestoupitCzech
  • absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommenGerman
  • κατεβαίνωGreek
  • descender, bajarSpanish
  • polveutua, laskeutua, vajota, laskea, [[mennä]] [[yksityiskohtiin]], pudota, alentua, periytyäFinnish
  • descendreFrench
  • ירדHebrew
  • उतरनाHindi
  • scendereItalian
  • 降りるJapanese
  • afstammen, afdalenDutch
  • davalar, descendre, descénderOccitan
  • descender, baixar, descerPortuguese
  • uray, bahayQuechua
  • proveni, descinde, coborîRomanian
  • сойти́, обру́шиваться, происходи́ть, обру́шиться, спусти́ться, спуска́ться, напа́сть, произойти́, напада́ть, сходи́тьRussian
  • pòtjecati, spuštati, sȋći, sìlaziti, spustitiSerbo-Croatian
  • இறங்கTamil
  • üşüşmek, alçalmak, soyundan gelmek, saldırmak, inmekTurkish
  • спусти́тися, спуска́тисяUkrainian

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