Adjective "descending" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Move or fall downwards.
  1. 'Thunder, lightning, and buckets upon buckets of rain descended on the city.'
  2. 'They all board the elevator and the door shuts as they begin descending.'
  3. 'In moments I descend to depths I would have assumed impossible without scuba gear.'
  4. 'They began descending, eventually touching back down on the roof.'
  5. 'The black cloud descended lower over them as the car jolted over the pothole strewn country lane through the hills.'
  6. 'Huge drops of falling rain descended from the heavy clouds above.'
  7. 'He watched as it began descending and landed miles away from where they stood.'
  8. 'Doors slid silently closed behind him and he began to descend.'
  9. 'As we began descending, he reminded me to check my altitude and the terrain.'
  10. 'Caroline leapt out of the van as heavy rain began to descend.'
(of a road, path, or flight of steps) slope or lead downwards.
  1. with object 'a flight of stairs descended a steep slope'
  2. 'A path descends north from this bealach and snakes over rough ground to a rocky basin, passing between two small lochans.'
  3. 'The road descended through weedy habitat full of sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds.'
  4. 'The docks are high over the black water, which slams against the retaining walls; stone steps descend, made slippery by seaweed.'
  5. 'The path descended, but the light was definitely growing brighter.'
  6. 'Slowly, strained, the grate lifted and hung twenty feet above the opening, revealing a flight of stairs that descended downwards.'
  7. 'She pushed a button, and a large flight of stairs descended from the ship to the ground.'
  8. 'A quarter of a mile further on, at the eastern limb of the bay, the path descended steeply, zig-zagging across the cliff face to a stretch of beach to the east of Holland Point.'
  9. 'the vehicle descended a ramp'
  10. 'From the amount of shouting, I would be surprised if anyone in the neighbouring rooms was still asleep, and finally he relented and descended the stairs.'
  11. 'He came upstairs to get me, and as we descended the stairs, he asked if I wanted to drive.'
  12. 'Looking around I reclaimed my fire axe and slowly descended the stairs inside the building.'
  13. 'In another case, a judge dismissed a claim for negligence where a 12-year-old pupil broke her ankle when descending a staircase.'
  14. 'The whole party turns to look at the two gracefully descending the stairs.'
  15. 'The air was crisp and, descending the stairs, I fancied that I could taste the lack of oxygen.'
  16. 'Since many elderly patients are unable to walk, the robust young lad carried them on his back when ascending or descending stairs for daily treatment.'
  17. 'John Henry is speaking to an acquaintance in the lobby and a beautiful young woman, followed closely behind by a companion, is descending the stairs.'
  18. 'A young woman descends the stairs from a low, curtained gallery to hand a sheet of music to a cellist waiting downstairs.'
  19. 'As I descended the stairs, I was greeted by a room full of people cheering and singing Happy Birthday.'
  20. 'Such shifts have been described for both response rates and threshold determinations when both ascending and descending orders of current or frequency values are presented.'
  21. 'With only 10 slots, the shuffled deck consists of 20 groups of cards that alternate between ascending and descending card orders.'
  22. 'This is where operators prioritise in descending order the exchanges where they want a presence.'
  23. 'According to what we understand about the effects of priming, the opposite would be predicted - lower thresholds derived from the descending than the ascending order.'
  24. 'a passage of descending chords'
  25. 'It begins with a motif comprised of violent, mostly descending chords whose eerie, threatening character sends a chill through the listener.'
  26. 'The second half of the chorus is an admission of defeat, which the music mirrors in a familiar descending chord pattern.'
  27. 'he was scrupulous in refusing to descend to misrepresentation'
  28. 'Sometimes the physical instincts are elevated to a spiritual level and often the spiritual being descends to a baser life.'
  29. 'Anyone who descends to such cheap jibes with nothing more substantial to say is just making himself ridiculous.'
  30. 'the army had descended into chaos'
  31. 'Almost every important issue descends into a farcical search for hidden agendas - which can be infuriating for those of us who want to debate the issue on its own terms.'
  32. 'Indeed the latest attacks, for all their threat of danger, soon descended into farce.'
  33. 'What Shakespeare actually shows is an England in which the legal framework gradually descends into anarchy.'
  34. 'If we are not to descend into anarchy, we must live under government.'
  35. 'We must not descend to the depth of lawlessness for which the criminal was sentenced.'
  36. 'In this situation, the system can handle substantial variability without descending into crisis.'
  37. 'From this flawed start the report descends into farce.'
  38. 'After that it descends into something of a mess.'
  39. 'The council's campaign quickly descended into farce.'
  40. 'However the situation soon descends into something more sinister.'
Make a sudden attack on.
  1. 'The attackers, 20-30, in number mercilessly descended upon him, armed with snooker cues and bats, beating him to the ground while unconscious.'
  2. 'In a second government-sanctioned attack, 1,000 soldiers descended on the compound.'
  3. 'A disagreement between four boys was all it took to provoke the gang into descending on the area and attacking people at random, the court heard.'
  4. 'We should not be like a mob descending on the village and leave like locusts.'
  5. 'The pirates seize the vessel and use it to attack a shoreside target, descending upon their target from the air.'
  6. 'Suddenly a band of yelping Indians would descend upon the wagon train and kill every man, woman and child and brutally mutilate some through scalping.'
  7. 'In Chicago alone, for example, 55 hate crimes were reported in which the attacks were mentioned and at least once an angry mob descended on a mosque.'
  8. 'In the single worst incident, attackers descended on the village.'
  9. 'All of a sudden, the powers that be descended upon them.'
  10. 'On 20 May 1941, German parachutists and assault gliders descended upon Crete.'
  11. 'One week, the Prime Minister descends on the town to visit the office of a training company.'
  12. 'Eight friends came to visit and descended on my living room.'
  13. 'What is it about this time of the year that encourages normally passive shoppers, like husbands and brothers, suddenly to descend on the shops in search of all kinds of gifts?'
  14. 'The two women from a development donor agency in the big city descended upon the ‘Developing’ women in the little village unannounced.'
  15. 'an air of gloom descended on Labour Party headquarters'
  16. 'A sudden aura of seriousness descended upon us and we returned our sober attention to the doctor.'
  17. 'I'm not sure if it was because of the laughing or because of the sudden depression that descended upon me.'
  18. 'as the winter darkness descended, the fighting ceased'
  19. 'Darkness was beginning to descend and it was time for the happy couple to make the long journey home again where Mick's plan was to have a few pints in his local before closing time.'
  20. 'And then, as darkness descended, two sets of supporters assumed position.'
  21. 'When darkness descended we hurriedly cleared the kitchen table in order to commence our fretwork.'
  22. 'By 6pm each evening, the village descends into complete darkness.'
  23. 'It's all picture perfect, even if the night does descend rather early and hangs on for hours on end.'
  24. 'Night was quickly descending, and despite the fact that the teens had slept late into the day, their actions since awakening had tired them out considerably.'
  25. 'At that moment a sudden darkness descended upon the house.'
  26. 'Darkness descended all to quickly upon the three riders in their silent but desperate flight.'
  27. 'However as things stand right now, darkness is descending, work is finished for the day, and no planting has yet taken place.'
  28. 'By the time everyone was done, darkness had descended.'
Be a blood relative of (a specified ancestor)
  1. 'Their father was descended from three generations of sea captains.'
  2. 'Perhaps also the evolutionists could explain their assumption that man is descended from apes.'
  3. 'Although he is descended from Russian aristocracy, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.'
  4. 'Through their oral tradition, they have maintained that they were descended from earlier Jews.'
  5. 'Life on Earth looks as if it's descended from a common ancestor.'
  6. 'His mother was of Scots extraction and his father was descended from Belgian bourgeoisie.'
  7. 'Too many people think evolution is the idea that people are descended from apes.'
  8. 'After 16 years of trawling through documents, the genealogist unearthed proof that Laurence was descended from the female side of the clan.'
  9. 'The findings show that more than 95 percent of dogs in this group were descended from three original female ancestors.'
  10. 'As I am putting on my coat she tells me about an American geneticist who has discovered that everyone in the world is descended from just seven women.'
  11. 'his lands descended to his eldest son'
  12. 'Heathcliff dies intestate, the property descends - as it should - to the young lovers, and the two great houses revert to their dynastic owners.'
  13. 'He had three wives and the estate descended to the son of his third wife.'

More definitions

1. to go or pass from a higher to a lower place; move or come down: to descend from the mountaintop.

2. to pass from higher to lower in any scale or series.

3. to go from generals to particulars, as in a discussion.

4. to slope, tend, or lead downward: The path descends to the pond.

5. to be inherited or transmitted, as through succeeding generations of a family: The title descends through eldest sons.

6. to have a specific person or family among one's a

More examples(as adjective)

"orders can be descending."

"colons can be descending."

"triangles can be descending."

"trendlines can be descending."

"scales can be descending."

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(descend)Middle English: from Old French descendre, from Latin descendere, from de- ‘down’ + scandere ‘to climb’.