De*scent"(?), n. [F. descente, fr. descendre; like vente, from vendre. See Descend.] 1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
2. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a
descent upon the enemy.
The United Provinces . . . ordered public prayer to God, when they feared that the French and English fleets would make a descent upon their coasts.Jortin.
3. 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.
2. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.
(Law) Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.
6. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep
7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.
If care of our descent perplex us most,Milton.
Which must be born to certain woe.
8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.
No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself.Hooker.
9. Lowest place; extreme downward place.
And from the extremest upward of thy head,Shak. 10. (Mus.) A passing from a higher to a lower tone.
To the descent and dust below thy foot.
Syn. -- Declivity; slope; degradation; extraction; lineage; assault; invasion; attack.
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