What does descent mean?

Definitions for descent
dɪˈsɛntde·scent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. descentnoun

    a movement downward

  2. origin, descent, extractionnoun

    properties attributable to your ancestry

    "he comes from good origins"

  3. descentnoun

    the act of changing your location in a downward direction

  4. descent, line of descent, lineage, filiationnoun

    the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

  5. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslopenoun

    a downward slope or bend

  6. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stocknoun

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

Wiktionary

  1. descentnoun

    An instance of descending

    We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.

    Etymology: From and descente, from descendre; see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

  2. descentnoun

    A way down.

    We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.

    Etymology: From and descente, from descendre; see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

  3. descentnoun

    A sloping passage or incline.

    The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.

    Etymology: From and descente, from descendre; see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

  4. descentnoun

    Lineage or hereditary derivation

    Our guide was of Welsh descent.

    Etymology: From and descente, from descendre; see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

  5. descentnoun

    A drop to a lower status or condition.

    After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.

    Etymology: From and descente, from descendre; see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Descentnoun

    the act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower

  2. Descentnoun

    incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy

  3. Descentnoun

    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. Descentnoun

    derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction

  5. Descentnoun

    transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity

  6. Descentnoun

    inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent

  7. Descentnoun

    that which is descended; descendants; issue

  8. Descentnoun

    a step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation

  9. Descentnoun

    lowest place; extreme downward place

  10. Descentnoun

    a passing from a higher to a lower tone

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. descent

    The landing of troops for the purpose of invading a country. The passage down a river.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'descent' in Nouns Frequency: #2854

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of descent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of descent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of descent in a Sentence

  1. Michael Woods:

    I ’m the first Canadian to wear it and I ’m proud of that, on the crash, it’s my fault, I got in front because it was a dangerous descent but my wheel slipped.

  2. Norbert Lammert:

    I wouldn't have thought it possible that in the 21st Century, a democratically elected president would link his criticism of democratically elected lawmakers in the German Bundestag with doubts about their Turkish descent and describe their blood as tainted.

  3. Virgil:

    Oh you who are born of the blood of the gods, Trojan son of Anchises. Easy is the descent to hell the door of dark Dis stands open day and night. But to retrace your steps and come out to the air above, that is work; that is labor.

  4. Astronaut Scott Kelly:

    We checked them to make sure that they were still going to protect us if we needed to use them, we have some kind of on-orbit training that covers the descent procedures, so we're fresh with those. We talked to the specialists on the ground about all operations from the time we close the hatch until the time we get pulled out of the Soyuz. So, it's a pretty busy time. It's important, clearly, when you're coming back from space that we get everything right.

  5. Ban Ki-moon:

    “The international community cannot accept that whole communities are marginalized because of the color of their skin. People of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education. Such fundamental wrongs have a long and terrible history.”

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