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

 de·scent /dɪˈsɛnt/

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

 de·scent /dɪˈsɛnt/ 名詞

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·scent n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]