descendant

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
    • adj descendant proceeding by descent from an ancestor "descendent gene"
    • adj descendant going or coming down
    • n descendant a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
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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
    • a Descendant Descendent.
    • n Descendant One who descends, as offspring, however remotely; -- correlative to ancestor or ascendant. "Our first parents and their descendants .""The descendant of so many kings and emperors."
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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.
    • descendant See descendent.
    • n descendant An individual proceeding from an ancestor in any degree; issue; offspring, near or remote.
    • n descendant In astrology, the descending or western horizon or cusp of the seventh house. Synonyms See offspring.
    • n descendant In geology, a topographic feature carved from the mass beneath an older topographic form which has been removed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants, horses, and camels all descended from animals that originally came from North America, despite their present homes in Eurasia.
    • n Descendant one who descends, as offspring from an ancestor
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Quotations

  • Plato
    Plato
    “Hereditary honors are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants.”
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Franklin%20D.%20Roosevelt
    “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have.”
  • Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh
    “Character matters; leadership descends from character.”
  • Kathleen Raine
    Kathleen Raine
    “I couldn't claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil, but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. descendant, p. pr. of descendre,. Cf. Descendent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. descendre—L. descendĕrede, down, scandĕre, to climb.

Usage

In literature:

On the other side it descended with as many windings to the bottom of a valley.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Inspirited by the fair spectacle below, we gained strength enough to descend.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
On descending, we found ourselves on the side of an inlet.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Descending from thence towards Bambakoo, the travellers pitched their tents under a tree near that town.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
They soon afterwards heard him and his men descending the stairs.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Now the boat mounted one sea, rapidly to descend into the trough of another.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tearing, therefore, a neck-kerchief up into strips, I lowered my gun and pistols down by it, and then prepared to descend myself.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
The captain himself descended, returning the salutes of the officers and men.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Dutifully I descended until the beam, satisfied, swung away from me.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Marriages can only be made in descending line.
"Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience" by Adelaide Cadogan
It is motionless to the eye, yet it descends into the plain continually.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Like a human avalanche they descended on the foe.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
The ridge of the mountain was soon crossed, and we began to descend the other side.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Wild and unfrequented as this appeared, nevertheless he ventured to descend.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
From our high point we now had to descend to the pass six hundred feet lower.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Mr. Figgs descended from the roof with considerable difficulty.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
A term applied sometimes to all the descendants of Jacob.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
A portion of Ham's descendants, through Canaan's sons, Sidon and Heth, settled Sidon, Tyre, and later, Carthage.
"The Negro: what is His Ethnological Status? 2nd Ed." by Buckner H. 'Ariel' Payne
From Petkoudiak to Memeramcouk descending the river which bears that name.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
He was descended from a very old royal family of the East.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
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In poetry:

Vain are the hopes that rebels place
Upon their birth and blood,
Descended from a pious race;
Their fathers now with God.
"Hymn 99" by Isaac Watts
Friendship pure from heav'n descending,
Now appears to bless the earth;
It exists in ev'ry station,
Jewel of immortal worth.
"To A Sheet Of Paper" by Elizabeth Bath
A shot is fired—-by foe or friend?
Another—-'tis to tell
The mountain-peasants to descend,
And lead us where they dwell.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Thence, when the glorious end,
The day of God is come,
The angels reapers shall descend,
And heav’n cry — "Harvest Home."
"The Field of the World" by James Montgomery
But mild and warm the weather grew,
Before that month did end;
Instead of chill, hoar frost, the dew
From heaven did descend;
"A Few Lines Concerning The Weather, In 1818" by Susannah Hawkins
Hark! how the wintry tempest raves,
Along the frozen plain--
Dark, dark the lowering clouds above,
And fast descends the rain.
"Stanzas" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

Swans (with A Hawk and a Hacksaw ) descend on the Firebird, Tuesday, October 23.
Wood calls hagfishes "ancient vertebrates" in honor of their status, currently under debate, as descendants of close relatives to the first fully backboned vertebrates.
Bear hunter stuck in his stand as wolves descend on the kill.
Harriet Tubman descendants gather for forthcoming centennial of her death.
Descendants of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman will visit The President's Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington to unveil a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom.
WASHINGTON – Descendants of Harriet Tubman have gathered at The President's Gallery by Madame Tussauds and unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom.
In pop music, obscurity descends either as the price of mediocrity or as punishment for defying prevailing tastes.
With her critically hailed performance as George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," next-generation Hollywood star Shailene Woodley comes into her own.
Shailene Woodley in "The Descendants" with George Clooney, left, and Nick Krause.
Despite the recession, hordes of New Yorkers will likely descend upon the Hamptons this weekend, looking for the next big thing.
It's springtime, and the impressionists are once again descending on the Lone Star State.
INTERVIEWS 10 Hilariously Unpunk Revelations from the New Descendents Interview.
Joseph Smith descendant's conversion inspires music.
God shifts from a larger world picture to focus in and begin to follow Jacob's descendants as they began to multiply.
(AP) — Descendants of one of the first US Supreme Court justices have won a legal fight against the state of North Carolina over ownership of their ancestor's historic papers, which are potentially worth millions.
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In science:

Left-biased choice controlled by success and failure is used here to first try the generic argument s of STO PTD (s) but to descend into the children if s fails.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
In the present formulation, STO PTD will always recover from failure of s and descend into the children.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Firstly, it does not allow us to descend into terms.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Let us check the requirement for generic traversal, that is, the ability to descend into terms.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Candidates for such volumes are related to the (descendent) Gromov-Witten invariants of the manifold X , and evidence in such a direction comes from the well-known fact that many relevant properties of Mg ,N0 (X, β ) are governed, via its intersection theory, by matrix models .
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations
The Hopf algebra structure on bUq descends to a Hopf algebra structure on Ue q .
Quantum loop modules
The C× -action in (v) descends to (sφ + uℓ )/uℓ .
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
In order to simplify notations and calculations, we employ the superfield formalism. A superfield consists of a field, its antifield and their gauge descendant fields.
Topological Field Theories and Geometry of Batalin-Vilkovisky Algebras
In the case i = k a section of F n (at a generic point of X ) descends to the nth-power of a (local) volume form on Y but the correponding global form on Y may have singularities.
Special elliptic fibrations
Given two partitions σ, τ , we denote by σ ∪ τ the partition obtained by joining the parts of both partitions and then arranging them in descending order.
Kerov's central limit theorem for the Plancherel measure on Young diagrams
For x a node in T , write Tx for the subtree of T consisting of x and its descendants, with x as root.
Additive functionals on random search trees
Let S be a finite binary subtree of T containing the root (i.e. each vertex in S has zero or two descendants).
Amenability via random walks
In the second row, the nodes are arranged in descending order of the degree K and in the third row they are arranged in descending order of the RWC C .
Random Walks on Complex Networks
Ln ’s, n ≥ 1, so that it does not couple to any descendant of x∗ , the dual of x.
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions
The descendants of x∗ in V ∗ (cκ , hκ) generate the irreducible highest weight representation of −1 )x(cid:11) = 0, or equivalently, weight (cκ , hκ).
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions
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