descent

noun
1 movement down
ADJECTIVE
fast, rapid, swift (esp. BrE)
slow
steep
gentle, gradual
long
difficult, easy

They began the difficult descent of the mountain's south face.

final

The plane was making its final descent.

VERB + DESCENT
make
begin, start
continue
slow

The space capsule used parachutes to slow its descent.

PREPOSITION
during a/the descent, on a/the descent

The engines failed on the plane's descent to Newark.

descent down

I made a slow and painful descent down the stairs.

descent from

the descent from the top of the mountain

descent into (figurative)

his descent into alcoholism

descent to

The plane began its gentle descent to Narita.

PHRASES
a rate of descent

We slowed the balloon's rate of descent.

2 surface that goes downwards
ADJECTIVE
gentle
steep
3 family origins
ADJECTIVE
direct, lineal

She claims direct descent from Queen Victoria.

common

Most European languages have a common descent.

mixed
African, Chinese, European, Irish, etc.
VERB + DESCENT
claim, have
trace
share

groups sharing common descent

PREPOSITION
by descent

She is Hungarian by descent.

descent from

He claims to have traced descent from Christopher Columbus.

PHRASES
a line of descent

Humans and other apes followed separate lines of descent from a common ancestor.

of Mexican, Scottish, etc. descent

She is of mixed European and African descent.


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