This page has 7 definitions of descent in English. Descent is a noun. Examples of how to use descent in a sentence are shown. Also define these 18 related words and terms: descending, Keswick, way, down, sloping, passage, incline, lineage, hereditary, derivation, drop, lower, status, condition, decline, topology, extension, and gluing.
- An instance of descending; act of coming down.
- We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.
- 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
- The next one surrendered his bike, only for that, too, to give him a second flat as he started the descent.
- A way down.
- We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.
- A sloping passage or incline.
- The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.
Sloping definitionHaving a slope.
Passage definitionDescribing a bird that has left the nest, is living on its own, but is less than a year old. (commonly used in falconry)
- Lineage or hereditary derivation.
- Our guide was of Welsh descent.
- A drop to a lower status or condition; decline. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.
- A falling upon or invasion.
- (topology) A particular extension of the idea of gluing. See Descent (mathematics).
- Sometimes confused with decent.
- (going down): ascent
- descent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- descent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.