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descend


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Descend  \De*scend"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Descended};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Descending}.]  [F.  descendre,  L.  descendere, 
  descensum  de-  +  scandere  to  climb.  See  {Scan}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  The  rain  descended,  and  the  floods  came  --Matt. 
  vii.  25. 
 
  We  will  here  descend  to  matters  of  later  date. 
  --Fuller. 
 
  2.  To  enter  mentally;  to  retire.  [Poetic] 
 
  [He]  with  holiest  meditations  fed,  Into  himself 
  descended.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  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.  --Pope. 
 
  4.  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. 
 
  5.  To  pass  from  the  more  general  or  important  to  the 
  particular  or  less  important  matters  to  be  considered. 
 
  6.  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. 
 
  7.  (Anat.)  To  move  toward  the  south,  or  to  the  southward. 
 
  8.  (Mus.)  To  fall  in  pitch;  to  pass  from  a  higher  to  a  lower 
  tone. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Descend  \De*scend"\,  v.  t. 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  descend 
  v  1:  move  downward  but  not  necessarily  all  the  way  "The 
  temperature  is  going  down";  "The  barometer  is  falling"; 
  "Real  estate  prices  are  coming  down"  [syn:  {fall},  {go 
  down},  {come  down}]  [ant:  {rise},  {ascend}] 
  2:  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"  [syn:  {derive},  {come}] 
  3:  do  something  that  one  considers  to  be  below  one's  dignity 
  [syn:  {condescend},  {deign}] 
  4:  to  sink  in  status  or  dignity,  or  worsen  in  condition  [syn:  {stoop}] 




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