descent


descent

noun

Definition of DESCENT

1
the act or process of going to a lower level or altitude <the airplane began its gradual descent to the landing field>
2
a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body <the family patriarch's heartbreaking descent into infirmity and senility>
4
a loss of status <for throwing the game, the ballplayer underwent a huge descent in the eyes of the fans>
5
a sudden attack on and entrance into hostile territory <the lightning descent of the invading army on that unsuspecting border town>
7
the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended <a person of Finnish descent>
8
a downward slope <on bicycle tours the ascents always seem to outnumber the descents>
Related Words basin, depression, hollow

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