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. Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr.:

    A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man’s business; the eye of the Federal inspector will be in every man’s counting house. The law will of necessity have inquisitorial features, it will provide penalties. It will create a complicated machinery. Under it businessmen will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of Federal inspectors, spies and detectives will descend upon the state. They will compel men of business to show their books and disclose the secrets of their affairs. They will dictate forms of bookkeeping. They will require statements and affidavits. On the one hand the inspector can blackmail the taxpayer and on the other, he can profit by selling his secret to his competitor.

  2. Van Beurden:

    You cannot talk credibly about lowering emissions globally if, for example, you are slow to acknowledge climate change; if you undermine calls for an effective carbon price; and if you always descend into the 'jobs versus environment' argument in the public debate.

  3. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

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

  4. Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

    Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend, before we too into the dust descend.

  5. Gretchen Half Whitmer:

    If you dont live in these regions...think long and hard before you take a trip into them, a small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly. Thats precisely why were asking everyone to continue doing their part. Dont descend on [waterfront] Traverse City from all regions of the state.

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Translations for descend

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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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