descent descent  /dɪs ˈɛnt/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a movement downward
  2. (n) properties attributable to your ancestry
  3. (n) the act of changing your location in a downward direction
  4. (n) the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  5. (n) a downward slope or bend
  6. (n) the descendants of one individual

Usage(s):

  1. The descent was as arduous as the climb.
  2. When the Fokker began its steep descent, he began whimpering to Jesus and grabbing my forearm so tight, I felt my palm go cold from lack of circulation.
  3. Japanese Brazilians living in Japan are fuming over a new government program offering unemployed foreigners of Japanese descent money to go home and not come back.

News

  1. Defense claims James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was 'never an informant' because of his Irish heritage

    Alleged Boston mob kingpin James Whitey Bulger's lawyer JW Carney has offered a novel defense of his client this week. According to AP Bulger's lawyer claimed he client would have never cooperated with the FBI as an informant because he is of Irish descent, 'and the worst thing an Irish person can do is become an informant.'
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Irish Central

  2. ‘Music Under the Stars’ series kicks off 81st concert season

    As the sun began its descent below the tree line, a light drizzle of rain began to fall as band members picked up their polished brass and woodwind instruments and transitioned slowly from note to not
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Peninsula Warrior

  3. Nikkei Dives More Than 6 Percent

    The descent into bear-market territory came amid flagging enthusiasm for Abenomics and investor worry about the Federal Reserve tightening American monetary policy.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. In a letter to The Times, Mr Miliband said: "Any sane person realises that Mugabe's misrule is only spurring Zimbabwe's descent into chaos. If Zimbabwe is to haul itself - with the help it needs and deserves - out of its current meltdown, Mugabe has...
    on Dec 23, 2008 By: David Miliband Source: Independent

  2. "During descent I saw some kind of fire outside as we were going through the atmosphere," said Yi So-yeon, a 29-year-old bioengineer. "At first I was really scared because it looked really, really hot and I thought we could burn."
    on Apr 21, 2008 By: Yi So-yeon Source: ABC News

  3. "We can't manage to make this descent safe," Jean-Jacques Defaite, the mayor of the neighboring town of Laffrey, told LCI television.
    on Jul 22, 2007 By: Jean-Louis Borloo Source: Forbes

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