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Synonyms for descent

Synonyms for descent

the act of dropping from a height


a downward slope or distance

one's ancestors or their character or one's ancestral derivation

a sudden drop to a lower condition or status

Synonyms for descent

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As it was now near sunset we determined to pass the night where we were, and on the morrow, refreshed by sleep, and by eating at one meal all our stock of food, to accomplish a descent into the valley, or perish in the attempt.
We shall, when we come to our chapter on Geology, have to refer again to this subject, and I think we shall then see that the diagram throws light on the affinities of extinct beings, which, though generally belonging to the same orders, or families, or genera, with those now living, yet are often, in some degree, intermediate in character between existing groups; and we can understand this fact, for the extinct species lived at very ancient epochs when the branching lines of descent had diverged less.
There was another interval of utter insensibility; it was brief; for, upon again lapsing into life there had been no perceptible descent in the pendulum.
I dwelt upon it with a pertinacity of attention -- as if, in so dwelling, I could arrest here the descent of the steel.
My eyes followed its outward or upward whirls with the eagerness of the most unmeaning despair; they closed themselves spasmodically at the descent, although death would have been a relief, oh
Athelstane, it is true, was vain enough, and loved to have his ears tickled with tales of his high descent, and of his right by inheritance to homage and sovereignty.
On the Height of the Snow-line, and on the Descent of the Glaciers in South America.
As the height of the plane of perpetual snow seems chiefly to be determined by the extreme heat of the summer, rather than by the mean temperature of the year, we ought not to be surprised at its descent in the Strait of Magellan, where the summer is so cool, to only 3500 or 4000 feet above the level of the sea; although in Norway, we must travel to between lat.
I had had to discard my rifle before I commenced the rapid descent of the cliff, so that now I was armed only with a hunting knife, and this I whipped from its scabbard as Kho leaped toward me.
First, on the Christology in the descent, we find that bishop Chromatius recounted the narrative of what Christ did after his death by juxtaposing and commenting on a number of biblical verses about "vigil" and "sleep," as he described the event:
Anna Clark - of Fijian descent, from North Canterbury is starting her two-year Master of Science degree specialising in genetics at the University of Otago.
The easy parts involve airspeed, descent rate and power-setting portions of the equation.
KARACHI: The launching of a book titled 'KHI or The Descent of a city' will be held at the Alliance Francaise on July 12.
Following the Descent Content Pack's release, Tripwire wants more players to join the fun in "Killing Floor 2.