• WordNet 3.6
    • v scend rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave "the boats surged"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scend Upward angular displacement of the hull of a vessel measured in a longitudinal vertical plane at right angles with and on either side of a horizontal transverse axis passing through the center of flotation. The term is a correlative of pitch, 13, and the two words are generally used together in discussions of the principles of motion and stability of ships: as, the pitch and scend of a vessel, meaning thereby the longitudinal rocking motion of a ship about the transverse axis passing through the center of flotation, of which motion the pitch and the scend separately considered are equal but opposite elements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scend send the upward angular displacement of a vessel—opposed to Pitch, the correlative downward movement
    • v.i Scend to heave upward
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In literature:

The immense volume of water thrown forward by the last scend of the ship had burst the lee door of the forecastle.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
SCEND: ascend' (-ant, -ency); descend' (-ant); condescend' (-ing); transcend' (-ent) ; transcendental.
"New Word-Analysis" by William Swinton
I's 'scended from a Rev'lution cullud genulmon what wus presunt at de fuss Foaf July dar ever wus.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
Marster John die, us 'scend to his brother Robert and his wife Mistress Mary.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
This fort stands on the river Scend; and two sides of it are protected and guarded by that river, which is deep.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Nom puo 'l bel dall' eterno; e la mia stima Esalta che ne scende, e chi 'l somiglia.
"Michelangelo" by Romain Rolland
I scend you home Pekok a geyn.
"The Paston Letters, Volume III (of 6)"

In poetry:

Questa, che meco per la via del pianto
Scende di Lete ver la muta riva:
Non udito or t'invoco; ohimè! soltanto
Una favilla del tuo spirto è viva.
"Alla Musa" by Ugo Foscolo

In science:

Il cielo non `e pi`u celeste e senti continua scrosciare la pioggia; salita dal mare, la nube si addensa in tempeste oscure d’orribile pioggia; il cielo precipita in terra e scende feroce a far guerra.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics