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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·scend /dɪˈsɛnd, di-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 de·scend /dɪˈsɛnd/ 不及物動詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·scend v. i. [imp. & p. p. Descended; p. pr. & vb. n. Descending.]
 1. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; -- the opposite of ascend.
    The rain descended, and the floods came.   --Matt. vii. 25.
    We will here descend to matters of later date.   --Fuller.
 2. To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]
 [He] with holiest meditations fed,
 Into himself descended.   --Milton.
 3. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.
    And on the suitors let thy wrath descend.   --Pope.
 4. To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.
 5. To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
 6. To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.
 7. Anat. To move toward the south, or to the southward.
 8. Mus. To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·scend v. t. To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.
    But never tears his cheek descended.   --Byron.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way;
           "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is
           falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went
           up and then fell again" [syn: fall, go down, come
           down] [ant: rise, ascend]
      2: come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for
         example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble
         family"; "he comes from humble origins" [syn: derive, come]
      3: do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
         [syn: condescend, deign]
      4: come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" [syn: fall,