Definition of descent
1 a : derivation from an ancestor : birth, lineage <of French descent> b : transmission or devolution of an estate by inheritance usually in the descending line c : the fact or process of originating from an ancestral stock d : the shaping or development in nature and character by transmission from a source : derivation
2 : the act or process of descending
3 : a step downward in a scale of gradation; specifically : one generation in an ancestral line or genealogical scale
4 a : an inclination downward : slope b : a descending way (as a downgrade or stairway) c obsolete : the lowest part
6 : a downward step (as in station or value) : decline <descent of the family to actual poverty>
Examples of descent in a sentence
The book describes his descent into a deep depression after the death of his wife.
her slow descent to a life of addiction
The only path that goes down to the river is a rather steep descent, so be careful.
Origin of descent
Middle English, from Anglo-French descente, from Anglo-French descendre
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with descent
absent, accent, Advent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, besprent, cement, comment, consent, content, convent, detent, dissent, docent, event, extent, ferment, foment, fragment, frequent, hell-bent, indent, intent, invent, lament, loment, low-rent, mordent, outspent, percent, pigment, portent, present, prevent, pup tent, quitrent, rack-rent, relent, repent, resent, segment, Shymkent, Tashkent, torment, well-meant, wisent
DESCENT Defined for Kids
Definition of descent for Students
1 : an act of coming or going down in location or condition <The plane began its descent.>
2 : a downward slope <a steep descent>
3 : a person's ancestors <She is of Korean descent.>
Medical Definition of descent
1: the act or process of descending from a higher to a lower location <descent of the testes into the scrotum>
2a: derivation from an ancestorb: the fact or process of originating by generation from an ancestral stock (as a species or genus)
3: a former method of distillation in which the material was heated in a vessel having its outlet underneath so that the vapors produced were forced to descend
Legal Definition of descent
: transmission or devolution of the estate of a person who has died without a valid will — compare distribution
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