- An instance of descending; act of coming down.
- We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.
- 1961 October, ""Voyageur"", “The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway”, in Trains Illustrated, page 601:
- To the north the towering scree-strewn slopes of Saddleback begin to draw nearer as we start the abrupt descent towards Keswick.
- 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
- The next one surrendered his bike, only for that, too, to give him a second flat as he started the descent.
- A way down.
- We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.
- A sloping passage or incline.
- The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.
- Lineage or hereditary derivation.
- Our guide was of Welsh descent.
- A drop to a lower status or condition; decline. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.
- A falling upon or invasion.
- (topology) A particular extension of the idea of gluing. See Descent (mathematics).
- Sometimes confused with decent.
- (going down): ascent
instance of descending
sloping passage or incline
lineage or hereditary derivation
drop to a lower status or condition
- “descent” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “descent” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.