an action of moving downward, dropping, or falling.
"the plane had gone into a steep descent"
synonyms: dive, drop; More
fall, pitch, nosedive
"the plane began its descent"
"their descent of the mountain"
a downward slope, esp. a path or track.
"a steep, badly eroded descent"
synonyms: incline, dip, drop, gradient, declivity; More
"a steep descent"
a moral, social, or psychological decline into a specified undesirable state.
"the ancient empire's slow descent into barbarism"
synonyms: decline, slide, fall, degeneration, deterioration, regression More
"his descent into alcoholism"
the origin or background of a person in terms of family or nationality.
"American families of Hungarian descent"
synonyms: ancestry, parentage, ancestors, family, antecedents; More
extraction, origin, derivation, birth;
lineage, line, genealogy, heredity, stock, pedigree, blood, bloodline;
"she is of Italian descent"
the transmission of qualities, property, or privileges by inheritance.
synonyms: inheritance, succession More
"the descent of property"
a sudden, violent attack.
"a descent on the enemy airstrip"
synonyms: attack, assault, raid, onslaught, charge, thrust, push, drive, incursion, foray More
"the sudden descent of the cavalry"