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descent

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1 the act or process of going to a lower level or altitude

  • the airplane began its gradual descent to the landing field
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2 a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body

  • the family patriarchʼs heartbreaking descent into infirmity and senility
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4 a loss of status

  • for throwing the game, the ballplayer underwent a huge descent in the eyes of the fans
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5 a sudden attack on and entrance into hostile territory

  • the lightning descent of the invading army on that unsuspecting border town
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7 the line of ancestors from whom a person is descended

  • a person of Finnish descent
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8 a downward slope

  • on bicycle tours the ascents always seem to outnumber the descents
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