Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person, animal, or plant whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group.
  • n. Something derived from a prototype or earlier form: Today's bicycles are descendants of the earlier velocipede.
  • n. In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that sets in the west at the time of a person's birth or other event.
  • adj. Variant of descendent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That or who descends from a biological ancestor.
  • adj. That or who proceeds from a figurative ancestor or source.
  • n. One who is the progeny a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.
  • n. A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.
  • n. A later evolutionary type.
  • n. A language that is descended from another.
  • n. A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Descendent.
  • n. One who descends, as offspring, however remotely; -- correlative to ancestor or ascendant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See descendent.
  • n. An individual proceeding from an ancestor in any degree; issue; offspring, near or remote.
  • n. In astrology, the descending or western horizon or cusp of the seventh house.
  • n. In geology, a topographic feature carved from the mass beneath an older topographic form which has been removed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
  • adj. going or coming down
  • adj. proceeding by descent from an ancestor

Etymologies

From Middle English dessendaunte, from Middle French, from Latin dēscendēns, present participle of descendere, from + scandere ("to climb, ascend"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For those of you that are Black but not descendant from the Middle Passage, the everything for you lies in the simple fact that you are Black.

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  • The inhabitants of Nanagada and Aztlan are descendant from the Caribbean, now occupying lands each side of the Wicked Highs that are cut off from each other except for the Mafolie Pass.

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  • It is commonly associated in descendant languages of proto-Kaskazi, including Ruvu languages, with the idea of protecting with amulet medicine that created a defensive barrier against ill-intended sorcery or physical incursion. 146 In the colonial period, * - kinga medicine was instrumental in protecting Zaramo people from witchcraft.

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  • In the proto-Ruvu era and in descendant Ruvu languages, particular words identified women who played a part in instructional and birthing needs.

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  • John Fraser, is an accomplished descendant from the early days of journalists.

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  • The author's revered mother was a descendant from the latter venerable name, united with that of the brave and erudite race of Adamson, of farther north.

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  • David Alroy is represented as the last male descendant from the house of David, and the “Prince of the Captivity” among the eastern Jews in the twelfth century, resident at

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  • Price above 20 SMA and CCI cutting to the upside 0.00 line confirm some upside movements in the next hours, thus pair needs to break above 95.60 short term descendant trend line to extend the upside movement just above 96.05 zone.

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  • Above that level, next strong resistance zone will come at the 98.70 zone, a longer term descendant trend line.

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  • It is a direct descendant from the “Uk” or “Wuk” (ounce) of the hieroglyphs (See Sharpe’s Egypt or any other Manual) and first appeared in Europe as the Greek {Greek}.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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  • Perhaps the ant's downward spiral into depression can be traced to genes inherited from its ant-cestors.

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