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Descent meaning

descent - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
  4. 4. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
  5. 5. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
  6. 6. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
  7. 7. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
  8. 8. Lowest place; extreme downward place.
  9. 9. A passing from a higher to a lower tone.
  10. 10. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; - often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
  11. 11. Motion downward; slope; invasion; derivation from an ancestor.

descent - examples of usage

  1. We therefore understand descent to be the theory so frequently spoken of by Mr. Darwin as " my." - "Luck or Cunning?", Samuel Butler.
  2. It's no use for the modern American to say he is of English descent at all!" - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  3. Finally Mitha Baba came out into the straight descent toward the river. - "Son of Power", Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost.
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