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Definition 1: the act of changing your location in a downward direction - [noun denoting act]

(descent is a kind of ...) the act of changing location from one place to another

"police controlled the motion of the crowd" "the movement of people from the farms to the cities" "his move put him directly in my path"

(... is a kind of descent ) descent with a parachute

"he had done a lot of parachuting in the army"

(... is a kind of descent ) a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft

(... is a kind of descent ) (mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body

(... is a kind of descent ) a swift descent through the air

(... is a kind of descent ) a rapid descent by a submarine

(... is a kind of descent ) the act of dropping something

"they expected the drop would be successful"

(... is a kind of descent ) the act of throwing yourself down

"he landed on the bed with a great flop"

Definition 2: properties attributable to your ancestry - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where descent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he comes from good origins

Synonyms for descent in the sense of this definition

(descent is a kind of ...) inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline

(... is a kind of descent ) descent from parents both of one pure breed

Definition 3: a movement downward - [noun denoting event]

(descent is a kind of ...) a movement through space that changes the location of something

(... is a kind of descent ) a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

"it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"

(... is a kind of descent ) descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped

(... is a kind of descent ) the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon

"before the set of sun"

(... is a kind of descent ) a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower

"a little shower of rose petals" "a sudden cascade of sparks"

(... is a kind of descent ) a descent as through liquid (especially through water)

"they still talk about the sinking of the Titanic"

(... is a kind of descent ) (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.

Definition 4: the descendants of one individual - [noun denoting group]

Samples where descent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his entire lineage has been warriors

Synonyms for descent in the sense of this definition

(descent is a kind of ...) successive generations of kin

(... is a kind of descent ) people descended from a common ancestor

"his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

(... is a kind of descent ) a family line of descent

"he gets his brains from his father's side"

Definition 5: a downward slope or bend - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for descent in the sense of this definition

(descent is a kind of ...) an elevated geological formation

"he climbed the steep slope" "the house was built on the side of a mountain"

(... is a kind of descent ) the downward slope of a hill

(... is a kind of descent ) a steep place (as on a hill)

Definition 6: the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors - [noun denoting linkdef]

Synonyms for descent in the sense of this definition

(descent is a kind of ...) (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

(... is a kind of descent ) line of descent traced through both the maternal and paternal sides of the family

(... is a kind of descent ) line of descent traced through one side of the family

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