Hypertext Webster Gateway: "descended"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Descend \De*scend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Descended}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Descending}.] [F. descendre, L. descendere,
descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See {Scan}.]
1. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards;
to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing,
walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; --
the opposite of ascend.

The rain descended, and the floods came. --Matt.
vii. 25.

We will here descend to matters of later date.

2. To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]

[He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself
descended. --Milton.

3. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage
ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or

And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. --Pope.

4. To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less
virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase
one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.

5. To pass from the more general or important to the
particular or less important matters to be considered.

6. To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be
derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to
fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend
from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.

7. (Anat.) To move toward the south, or to the southward.

8. (Mus.) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower

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