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Descent is sometimes a misspelling of decent.

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Definition of the noun descent

What does descent mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: descents

  1. a movement downward
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic terms: change of location / travel = a movement through space that changes the location of something
    • more specific words:
      • drop / fall = a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
      • lightening = descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy
      • set = the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
      • cascade / shower = a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower
      • sinking = a descent as through liquid
      • slide = the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.
  2. properties attributable to your ancestry
  3. the act of changing your location in a downward direction
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific terms:
      • parachuting / jump = descent with a parachute
      • nose dive / nosedive / dive = a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft
      • abseil / rappel = 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
      • swoop = a swift descent through the air
      • crash dive = a rapid descent by a submarine
      • drop = the act of dropping something
      • collapse / flop = the act of throwing yourself down
  4. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  5. a downward slope or bend
  6. the descendants of one individual

Alternative definition of the noun descent


  1. An instance of descending
  2. A way down.
  3. A sloping passage or incline.
  4. Lineage or hereditary derivation
  5. A drop to a lower status or condition.

Specialised definition of the noun descent

Glossary of sports / bobsleighing

a trip down a bobsled track


  1. "Descent" a.k.a. "The Descent" is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film follows six women who, having entered an unmapped cave system, become trapped and are hunted by troglofaunal flesh-eating humanoids.
  2. "Descent": Maya is like many other college coeds, book smart yet shy, curious about sex, yet scared to let herself go. One night she meets Jared. When their courtship turns from romantic to horrific in a single violent act, her world is ripped apart inside and out.
  3. "Descent" is a 2005 original film on the Sci Fi Channel.
  4. "Descent" is a film, directed by Steven Scarborough.
  5. "Descent" is a 2003 short drama film directed and written by Mads Matthiesen.

Phrases with Descent

  1. line of descent
  2. bilateral descent
  3. unilateral descent

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Descent

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Google previewIntelligent Robotics and Applications (2015)

8th International Conference, ICIRA 2015, Portsmouth, UK, August 24-27, 2015, Proceedings by Honghai Liu, Naoyuki Kubota, Xiangyang Zhu, Rüdiger Dillmann, Dalin Zhou

Scene Inference Gradient descent is a first-order optimization algorithm. To find a local minimum of a function using...

Batch gradient descent is the classical gradient descent algorithm. It needs to calculate all training date to adjust the ...

Google previewDictionary Of Sociology

by Subberwal

Descent means relationships through a common ancestor. This is a culturally recognised relationship that may extend even to ...

Google previewCyclopedia of Law and Procedure ... (1904)

Strictly speaking descent is the devolution of real estate to, and distribution is the division of personal estate among, the heirs of an intestate ; but in many jurisdictions the terms are now used interchangeably.1 II. NATURE AND COURSE.

Google previewColor Atlas of Local and Systemic Manifestations of Cardiovascular Disease (2008)

by Franklin B. Saksena

A shallow or absent Y descent is a feature of cardiac tamponade [130]. Bilateral neck vein distention maybe seen in right heart failure or superior vena cava syndrome. Unilateral neck vein distention may be due to the su- perior vena cava ...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary, Or Familiar Explanation of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences, Containing Definitions Drawn from the Original Writers and Illustrated by Plates, Epigrams, Cuts, &c. by George Crabb (1833)


It is plain, _ fi urative, and double—P ain descent is the groundwork ot a musical composition which consists in the orderly placing...

Google previewHiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (2013)

by Rhonda and George Ostertag, George Ostertag

Enders Brook Enders Falls Enders For estTra il The third descent is a keyhole cascade that tumbles in.

Google previewDictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs (1988)

by Jean-Charles Seigneuret

SUZANNE LEPPE DESCENT INTO HELL A universal mythic theme, the descent into hell represents an essential stage in the development of the hero. The descent involves a literal or symbolic journey to the underworld, or the dark kingdom ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

Work Author: Alice Notley Alice Notley's The Descent of Alette is a booklength poem—148 pages in the Penguin Books edition (1996)—modeled on classical epic but simultaneously mounting acritique of the model from a feminist ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Comparative Iconography (2013)

Themes Depicted in Works of Art by Helene E. Roberts

Judgment BUDDHA, Annunciation, Ascent/Descent, Baptism, Birth/Childbirth, Damned Souls, Gaze, Journey/Flight BUDDHISM, Annunciation, Arms Raised, Ascent/Descent, Baptism ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture. A-C. Volume 1

The multidisciplinary meaning of African Diasporic migration studies allows us to do such creative things as consider African descent Diasporic peoples cultural carriers and blenders who bring all sorts of things with them. They bring socially ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Law (1882)

Containing Definitions of the Technical Terms in Modern Use, and a Concise Statement of the Rules of Law Affecting the Principal Subjects, with Historical and Etymological Notes by Charles Sweet

The descent of an estate tail follows the first four canons, Estate tail, unless it is barred, or unless it is limited to special heirs or to males or females, in which case the canons govern its descent so far as they arc applicable1 (See Tail; and infra, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Community (2003)

From the Village to the Virtual World by DAVID LEVINSON, KAREN CHRISTENSEN

Unilineal descent can be either patrilineal (traced through the father's line) or matrilineal (traced through the mother's line). A patrilineal descent is made up of males and females whose fathers belong to the group. A woman's children do not ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2002)

Humanity, Culture and Social Life by Tim Ingold

matrilineal descent: a child belongs to the patrilineal group of its father and the matrilineal group of its mother, and patrilineal and matrilineal groups belong to different sets. To take an imaginary example, the patrilineal groups may be localized ...

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

descent. In anthropology, a relationship based on the tracing of a continuous line between an individual and an ancestor. Kin ties based on descent may govern relations between people concerning the inheritance of property and ...

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Small photo of African descent woman holding rocketship iconSmall photo of African descent man playing electric guitarSmall photo of Monaco, Monaco - April 28, 1980: Guillaume Apollinaire(1880-1918), French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent. Stamp issued by Monaco Post in 1980.Small photo of BERLIN / GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 24th, 2003: Young unidentified woman of Turkish descent wearing a head-scarf in Kreuzberg district.Small photo of Wry of Descent - A leopard cub carefully wondering why the ground seems so far away? Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania, Africa.Small photo of Landslide slope of mountain. Danger of rockfall, descent of stone avalanches. Mountain landscape of dangerous stony surfacesSmall photo of Landslide slope of mountain. Danger of rockfall, descent of stone avalanches. Mountain landscape of dangerous stony surfaces More...

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Quotes about Descent

The descent to Hades is the same from every place. (Anaxagoras)
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Scrabble value of D2E1S1C3E1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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