The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.
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.
Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
That which is descended; descendants; issue.
A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent. Malcolm X
The descent to Hades is the same from every place. Anaxagoras
The descent to the infernal regions is easy enough, but to retrace one's steps, and reach the air above, there's the rub. Virgil