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.
Recent Examples on the WebThree men of Palestinian descent — college students at Brown, Trinity and Haverford — were shot during Thanksgiving break near the University of Vermont in Burlington.—Janet Lorin, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 Two astronauts then would move into the HLS for descent to the moon's south polar region.—William Harwood, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 These are in addition to other features including trailer brake controller, trailer hitch view, hill descent control and blind spot monitoring with trailer view.—Scotty Reiss, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 While his study focused on Cuban Americans and Cuban immigrants, Carter said his team has heard anecdotes of other Miami immigrant groups adopting the dialect, including those not of Latino descent.—Raquel Coronell Uribe, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 In today's newsletter: A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of three U.S. college students of Palestinian descent in Vermont.—Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Marty Krofft was born in Montreal to parents of Russian descent.—Carmel Dagan, Variety, 26 Nov. 2023 During the descent, the capsules were supposed to broadcast their position so that their trajectory could be monitored and the position of the landing zone revised.—Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 This would help minimize the amount of time that the station would spend in lower, denser levels of the atmosphere during the remainder of its descent.—Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 21 Nov. 2023 See More
These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'descent.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.
Middle English, from Anglo-French descente, from Anglo-French descendre — see descend