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

  2. descendverb

    To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]

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

  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.

  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.

  5. descendverb

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

  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.

  7. descendverb

    To move toward the south, or to the southward.

  8. descendverb

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

  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.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DESCENDverb

    Etymology: descendo, Latin.

    The rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. Matt. vii. 25.

    The brook that descended out of the mount. Deutr. ix. 21.

    He cleft his head with one descending blow. Dryden.

    Foul with stains
    Of gushing torrents and descending rains. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    O goddess! who, descending from the skies,
    Vouchsaf’d thy presence to my wond’ring eyes. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    He shall descend into battle, and perish. 1 Sa. xxvi. 10.

    For the pious fire preserve the son;
    His wish’d return with happy pow’r befriend,
    And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. iv.

    The goddess gives th’ alarm; and soon is known
    The Grecian fleet, descending on the town. Dryden.

    A foreign son upon the shore descends,
    Whose martial fame from pole to pole extends. Dryden.

    Despair descends from a mean original; the offspring of fear, laziness, and impatience. Jeremy Collier, against Despair.

    Will is younger brother to a baronet, and descended of the ancient family of the Wimbles. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 108.

    Should we allow that all the property, all the estate of the father, ought to descend to the eldest son; yet the father’s natural dominion, the paternal power, cannot descend unto him by inheritance. John Locke.

    The inheritance of both rule over men and property, in things sprung from the same original, and were to descend by the same rules. John Locke.

    Our author provides for the descending and conveyance down of Adam’s monarchical power to posterity, by the inheritance of his heir, succeeding to his father’s authority. John Locke.

    Congregations discerned the small accord that was among themselves, when they descended to particulars. Decay of Piety.

  2. To Descendverb

    To walk downward upon any place.

    He ended, and they both descend the hill;
    Descended Adam to the bow’r, where Eve
    Lay sleeping. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    In all our journey through the Alps, as well when we climbed as when we descended them, we had still a river running along with the road. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    In the midst of this plain stands a high hill, so very steep, that there would be no mounting or descending it, were not it made up of a loose crumbled earth. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

ChatGPT

  1. descend

    Descend generally refers to the act of moving, going, or falling downwards or to a lower position. It can also refer to someone originate or have lineage from a particular person or group. In a broader sense, it can also mean to arrive or attack suddenly and forcefully.

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

  2. Descendverb

    to enter mentally; to retire

  3. Descendverb

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

  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

  5. Descendverb

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

  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

  7. Descendverb

    to move toward the south, or to the southward

  8. Descendverb

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

  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

  10. 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. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, German Ideology, Chapter 3:

    One of the most difficult tasks confronting philosophers is to descend from the world of thought to the actual world. Language is the immediate actuality of thought. Just as philosophers have given thought an independent existence, so they were bound to make language into an independent realm.

  2. Jonathan Martin:

    He knows the politics, culture and history of his state in a way that makes him an invaluable resource for those of us who descend on 'LAS' looking for everything from Harry Reid's latest thinking to the best restaurant on and off the strip.

  3. Mark Tregellas:

    The fire just continued to grow and then the black started to descend. I couldn't see the hand in front in my face, and it then it started to glow red and we knew the fire was coming, ash started to fall from the air and then the embers started to come down. At that point, people started to bring their kids and families into the water. Thankfully, the wind changed and the fire moved away.

  4. Valerie Amos:

    For more than four years, we have watched Syria descend into deeper depths of despair surpassing even what the most pessimistic observers thought possible, in the past weeks, we have seen more and more heinous acts. Innocent men, women and children killed, maimed, displaced, and subjected to a savagery that no human should have to endure.

  5. Philip Hynes:

    This is the next significant miscalculation. The next will be barring certain candidates from running in District Council elections. Both will nicely inflame tensions and increase protests and actions, as that happens, the prospects for the third pending calamity will rise exponentially, postponement of District Council elections. Then it will descend into sustained chaos.

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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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