descent[dē sent′, di-]
It would be a long descent down these stairs.
- 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.
- 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 of descentMiddle English descent ; from Old French descente ; from descendre: see descend
- The act or an instance of descending: the slow descent of the scuba divers.
- a. A way down: fashioned a descent with an ice ax.b. A downward incline or passage; a slope: watched the stones roll down the descent.
- Hereditary derivation; lineage: a person of African descent.
- The fact or process of being derived or developing from a source: a paper tracing the descent of the novel from old picaresque tales.
- Law Transmission of property, especially real estate, to a hereditary heir by an intestate owner.
- 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: the descent of the marauders on the settlement.
Origin of descentMiddle English, from Old French, descent, from feminine past participle of descendre, to descend; see descend.
- An instance of descending
- We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.
- A way down.
- We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.
- A sloping passage or incline.
- The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.
- Lineage or hereditary derivation
- Our guide was of Welsh descent.
- A drop to a lower status or condition.
- After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.
- Sometimes confused with decent.
- (going down): ascent