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The Definition of - descend (noun)

    verb (used without object)
    to go or pass from a higher to a lower place; move or come down:
    to descend from the mountaintop.
    to pass from higher to lower in any scale or series.
    to go from generals to particulars, as in a discussion.
    to slope, tend, or lead downward:
    The path descends to the pond.
    to be inherited or transmitted, as through succeeding generations of a family:
    The title descends through eldest sons.
    to have a specific person or family among one's ancestors (usually followed by from):
    He is descended from Cromwell.
    to be derived from something remote in time, especially through continuous transmission:
    This festival descends from a druidic rite.
    to approach or pounce upon, especially in a greedy or hasty manner (followed by on or upon):
    Thrill-seekers descended upon the scene of the crime.
    to settle, as a cloud or vapor.
    to appear or become manifest, as a supernatural being, state of mind, etc.:
    Jupiter descended to humankind.
    to attack, especially with violence and suddenness (usually followed by on or upon):
    to descend upon enemy soldiers.
    to sink or come down from a certain intellectual, moral, or social standard:
    He would never descend to baseness.
    Astronomy. to move toward the horizon, as the sun or a star.
    verb (used with object)
    to move downward upon or along; go or climb down (stairs, a hill, etc.).
    to extend or lead down along:
    The path descends the hill.

Word Example of - descend

    Example Sentences for descend

    You descend in an express elevator car; in that bucket you just drop.

    Who saw its fires here rise, and there descend, Explain his own beginning, or his end?

    "Then we must walk," said Lady Idleways; and she bade Laura descend also from the carriage.

    In the face of such an assault the man could not descend in safety.

    This is repeated again and again, and at last the sun begins to descend.

    It is not necessary to descend minutely into particulars in this place.

    You will descend as the picture draws near completion, and at the last stroke of your brush you will see him.

    Others embarked in their larger boats to ascend the river, and others to descend, so as to cut off all possibility of retreat.

    Then he started on downward, zig-zagging carefully this time as one should descend a trailless mountain.

    This caused its pursuer to descend to the ground again with all speed.

Word Origin & History of - descend

    Word Origin & History

    descend c.1300, from O.Fr. descendre, from L. descendere, from de- "down" + scandere "to climb," from PIE base *skand- "jump." Sense of "originate from" is late 14c. In typography, descender "part of a letter that extends below the body" is from 1802.

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