de·scent /dɪˈsɛnt/ 名詞
1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
2. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
The United Provinces . . . ordered public prayer to God, when they feared that the French and English fleets would make a descent upon their coasts. --Jortin.
3. Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.
2. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
5. Law Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
6. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
If care of our descent perplex us most,
Which must be born to certain woe. --Milton.
8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself. --Hooker.
9. Lowest place; extreme downward place. [R.]
And from the extremest upward of thy head,
To the descent and dust below thy foot. --Shak.
10. Mus. A passing from a higher to a lower tone.
Syn: -- Declivity; slope; degradation; extraction; lineage; assault; invasion; attack.
n 1: a movement downward
2: properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from
good origins" [syn: origin, extraction]
3: the act of changing your location in a downward direction
4: the kinship relation between an individual and the
individual's progenitors [syn: line of descent, lineage,
5: a downward slope or bend [syn: declivity, fall, decline,
declination, declension, downslope] [ant: ascent]
6: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has
been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent,
bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry,
origin, parentage, stemma, stock]