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Meaning of DESCEND

Pronunciation:  di'send

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
  4. [v]  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"

DESCEND is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: come, come down, condescend, deign, derive, fall, fall, go down, settle
 Antonyms: arise, ascend, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
 See Also: abseil, act, alight, avalanche, break, cascade, cascade down, cave in, climb down, collapse, come, crash, dismount, dive, drip, drop, fall in, flop, founder, get down, get off, give, give way, go, go under, light, locomote, move, move, pitch, plop, plunge, plunk, pounce, precipitate, prolapse, rappel, roll down, rope down, set, settle, sink, subside, swoop, topple, travel, tumble, unhorse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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
             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
  2. \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
          But never tears his cheek descended.     --Byron.
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