descend

Definitions

  • Glad to Serve Any of the Descendants Of The Heroes 126
    Glad to Serve Any of the Descendants Of The Heroes 126
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v descend come as if by falling "Night fell","Silence fell"
    • v descend 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"
    • v descend do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
    • v descend 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All dogs are the descendant of the wolf. These wolves lived in eastern Asia about 15,000 years ago
    • Descend 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.
    • Descend 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.
    • Descend To enter mentally; to retire. "He] with holiest meditations fed,
      Into himself descended ."
    • Descend (Mus) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
    • v. t Descend 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 ."
    • Descend 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 ."
    • Descend (Anat) To move toward the south, or to the southward.
    • Descend 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.""We will here descend to matters of later date."
    • Descend To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All pet hamsters are descended from a single female wild golden hamster found with a litter of 12 young in Syria in 1930.
    • descend To move or pass from a higher to a lower place; move, come, or go downward; fall; sink: as, he descended from the tower; the sun is descending.
    • descend To come or go down in a hostile manner; invade, as an enemy; fall violently: with on.
    • descend To proceed from a source or original; be derived lineally or by transmission; come or pass downward, as offspring in the line of generation, or as property from owner to heir.
    • descend To pass, as from general to particular statements: as, having explained the general subject, we will descend to particulars.
    • descend To come down from a certain moral or social standard; lower or abase one's self morally or socially: as, to descend to acts of meanness; to descend to an inferior position; hence, to condescend; stoop.
    • descend In astronomy, to move to the southward, or toward the south, as a star.
    • descend To move or pass downward upon or along; come or go down upon; pass from the top to the bottom of: as, to descend a hill; to descend an inclined plane.
    • descend In physical, to pass from higher to lower readings or values upon any scale: said specifically of the musical scale and of the thermometric scale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
    • v.i Descend dē-send′ to climb down: to pass from a higher to a lower place or condition: to pass from general to particulars: to fall upon or invade: to be derived
    • v.t Descend to go down upon: to go to the bottom of
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Quotations

  • Plato
    Plato
    “Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.”
  • Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh
    “Character matters; leadership descends from character.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places, but they invariably descend into lower ones, and ultimately flow down to the people as rain unto the sea.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The pioneer who fought for his liberties now has descendants who take them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. descendre, L. descendere, descensum,; de-, + scandere, to climb. See Scan

Usage

In literature:

They descended safely on the meadow of Nesle, about twenty-five miles from Paris.
"Up in the Clouds" by R.M. Ballantyne
Captain Dan now prepared to descend this ladder road with Oliver Trembath.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
The snowflakes there glistened like descending jewels.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
The Raots claim to be the descendants of kings, and they refuse allegiance to any one.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The railway, having descended to 2,500 ft., rose again to 2,900 ft. near Paneiras Station.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
At last they reached the place in the road where they had to descend from the carriage and mount the ascent to Weissenstein.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
I descended from the knoll, and commenced groping my way over the black, trodden earth.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The diver stepped upon this, turning with his face inwards, descended knee-deep into the water, and then stopped.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
From the Gagar pass the road descends for some 3 miles through forest to the valley of the Ramganga.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Then it descended again.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Having descended the river nearly two hundred miles they came to an Indian trail, leading back into the country.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
This Champlain route was the common one to Lower Canada, descending the River Richelieu from St. John's to Sorel.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The eagle poises himself for a moment, as if to take more certain aim, then, descending like a whirlwind, snatches it ere it reaches the water.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The auctioneer had descended from the rostrum.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Therefore he descended from the porch, one step at a time, and climbed around to the kitchen.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
I dared not descend from the tree.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He took up his hat and cane, and descended in the elevator.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
That part of the ecliptic whence the sun descends southward.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It descended steeply to earth behind a tall planting of trees.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Each individual, therefore, continues to live in his descendants.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
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In poetry:

Ye locusts, winged tribes,
Your wings in flight resound;
Well your descendants may
In endless lines be found!
"The Fruitfulness Of The Locust" by Confucius
Nay, while you live, remember;
Be to your country true :
Your children and descendants,
Bid them remember too.
"The Exiles" by Leo Alishan
On him, in rich effusion pour'd,
The heavenly dew descends;
And truth divine he shall reveal
To earth's remotest ends.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
“To him protection shall be shown,
And mercy from above
Descend on those who thus fulfill
The perfect law of love.”
"Behold" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
And now his toil suspending,
The labourer quits the field;
And lo! the dews descending,
Their sweetest fragrance yield.
"Evening" by Charlotte Dacre
Not a word I dared to utter—
More than he who, long ago,
Saw the heavenly shapes descending
Over Ida's slopes of snow:
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun

In news:

Cars full of kids carrying boogie boards descend on the beaches east of town.
Military vehicles descend the Rohtang Pass road.
' Hoop -A-Pa-Loo-Za' descends of Florin Elementary.
Bass was a former slave who became a famous horse trainer later in his life and was honored posthumously with his descendants receiving the award.
Yet the produce section looks like a hoard of locusts descended upon it, leaving nary a pink grapefruit to be had.
Treed bear draws crowd, descends as night falls.
Huygens probe descends toward Titan.
George Clooney, we're told in recent Hollywood headlines, stars in Oscar hopeful "The Descendants" as a neglectful father and wealthy heir descended from a Hawaiian princess and a Caucasian land baron.
Dining royalty descended upon DC Monday night for the biggest foodie event of the year.
Descendants of some of the 1,500 people killed when the Titanic sank a century ago were among the passengers on a cruise ship that set off from Britain on Sunday to retrace the route of the liner's ill-fated voyage.
The sky around the Washington Monument was littered with hundreds of high-flying kites Saturday as hundreds of people descended on the National Mall for the Blossom Kite Festival.
Crowds Descend on Nation's Capital for Inauguration Day .
Sole survivors of the Nu Metal apocalypse descend on Maui.
Reba Descended From Indentured Servant—and a Slave Owner.
Some of their descendants may even have gone back for a final tryst.
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In science:

Both generating descendants and connecting to higher nodes involves the application of grammar rules.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
The following structure is expected to be present in every chiral CFT: First, a vacuum vector vΩ and its ‘descendants’, which span a vector space HΩ ; they should somehow encode the chiral symmetries of the theory.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Such a S 1 -action on T ∗A descends to the moduli spaces above.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
For al l admissible f , χf descends to a map Sei(n)/(S12 ) → ˆΛ.
Analytic invariants of boundary links
This is achieved by using orderings satisfying the descending chain condition (DCC) : all decreasing sequences are stationnary.
Number Operator Algebras
Each group contains n + 1 numbers, the first n of which are in descending order. i.e. these numbers are running down.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Each group contains n + 1 numbers the first n of which are in descending order. i.e. these numbers are running down.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Then the orbit space X := Γ\B is a quasipro jective variety and L descends to an ‘orbiline bundle’ L over X .
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Then G acts properly on U and the orbit space G\U exists as a quasi-pro jective orbifold with the restriction η |U descending to an orbifold line bundle G\(η |U ) over G\U .
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
It is the metric of the coordinate space. A Lorentz index can be raised or descended by this metric tensor.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
This will put many of their descendents below our magnitude limit.
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
Roy, “(F, D5) bound state, SL(2, Z ) invariance and the descendant states in Type IIB/A string theory”, Phys.
On decoupled theories in (5+1) dimensions from (F,D1,NS5,D5) supergravity configuration
Now, taking universal covers gives us a σ-equivariant map fP f : bU × EG → bV × EH that descends to a map ˆf : bU → bV .
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
When we think about the pro jective Fock space this descends to the OS p1 group.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
The argument in 3.3 requires finding a descending sequence of nice neighborhoods with size parameters going to 0.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
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