- Descent is defined as going downward or falling, the decline of a population or area's moral values, or an individual's ethnic background.
- An example of descent is when you go down the stairs.
- An example of descent is when people a person goes gradually mad.
- An example of descent is when society loses its moral compass and goes into immorality.
- An example of descent is a person from China, who is said to be of Chinese descent.
It would be a long descent down these stairs.
descent definition by Webster's New World
- a descending; coming down or going down
- lineage; ancestry
- one generation (in a specified lineage)
- a downward slope
- a way down or downward
- a sudden attack, raid, or invasion (on or upon)
- a decline; fall
- a stooping (to an act)
- Law transference (of property) to heirs or offspring by inheritance
Origin: Middle English descent ; from Old French descente ; from descendre: see descend
descent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or an instance of descending.
- A way down.
- A downward incline or passage; a slope.
- a. Hereditary derivation; lineage: a person of African descent.b. One generation of a specific lineage.
- a. The fact or process of coming down or being derived from a source: a paper tracing the descent of the novel from old picaresque tales.b. Development in form or structure during transmission from an original source.
- Law Transference of property by inheritance.
- A lowering or decline, as in status or level: Her career went into a rapid descent after the charges of misconduct.
- A sudden visit or attack; an onslaught.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, descent, from feminine past participle of descendre, to descend; see descend.
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descent - Medical Definition
- The process of descending or falling down from a higher position.
- The passage of the presenting part of the fetus into and through the birth canal.