What does descend mean?

Definitions for descend
dɪˈsɛndde·scend

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. descend, fall, go down, come down(verb)

    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, descend(verb)

    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, descend(verb)

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

  4. fall, descend, settle(verb)

    come as if by falling

    "Night fell"; "Silence fell"

Wiktionary

  1. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. descend(Verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    to enter mentally; to retire

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

  3. Descend(verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    to move toward the south, or to the southward

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

  8. Descend(verb)

    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. Descend(verb)

    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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  1. Verbs Frequency

    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. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Climb the ladder only if it takes you to somewhere high! Some ascents may descend you to low places!

  2. Barack Obama:

    We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic, we don't make good decisions if it's based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.

  3. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Deep into the night, people I’ve known descend around me and deliver whispering reminders of moments abandoned.

  4. George Osgood:

    If you descend [with a regular leg], your calf breaks in, but with a mechanical leg, it resists.

  5. Wyatt Harman:

    They can sit there and hover, they can descend very fast. They can take off very fast.

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  • نزل, هبطArabic
  • спуска́цца, спусці́ццаBelarusian
  • нахвърлям се, налитам, слизам, спускам се, произлизам, предавам се по наследствоBulgarian
  • descendirCatalan, Valencian
  • sestoupitCzech
  • herunterkommen, absteigen, niedergehenGerman
  • κατεβαίνωGreek
  • bajar, descenderSpanish
  • polveutua, laskeutua, laskea, periytyä, alentua, pudota, [[mennä]] [[yksityiskohtiin]], vajotaFinnish
  • descendreFrench
  • ירדHebrew
  • scendereItalian
  • 降りるJapanese
  • afdalen, afstammenDutch
  • descendre, davalar, descénderOccitan
  • baixar, descer, descenderPortuguese
  • uray, bahayQuechua
  • proveni, descinde, coborîRomanian
  • обру́шиться, происходи́ть, спусти́ться, сходи́ть, произойти́, напа́сть, спуска́ться, сойти́, напада́ть, обру́шиватьсяRussian
  • pòtjecati, spustiti, sìlaziti, sȋći, spuštatiSerbo-Croatian
  • இறங்கTamil
  • inmek, soyundan gelmek, alçalmak, üşüşmek, saldırmakTurkish
  • спуска́тися, спусти́тисяUkrainian

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