descent  

  • Pronunciation of descent: D IH0 S EH1 N T (dɪ'sɛnt)

  • Number of syllables of descent: 2

  • Pronunciation Video of descent

  • Definition of descent

    • (n): the act of changing your location in a downward direction  
    • (n): properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins"  
    • (n): a movement downward  
    • (n): the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"  
    • (n): a downward slope or bend  
    • (n): the kinship relation between an individual and the individual''s progenitors  
  • Examples of descent

    • After Menelik, all monarchs were of distaff descent from Solomonics.  
    • Her name reflects her descent from the triumvir.  
    • Your reference to poetry made my descent into doggerel inevitable.  
    • The descent from the Kings of Scotland.  
    • The population of the town is largely of German descent.  
    • The descent towards the center is the flow of time.  
    • She is of Croatian descent and speaks the language fluently.  
    • Attaching the parachute to the bottom films the parachute during descent.  
    • The slower descent also results in the ball bouncing lower.  
    • Each ascent and descent increases the risk of decompression sickness.  

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