American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To heave upward on a wave or swell.
- n. The rising movement of a ship on a wave or swell.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Upward angular displacement of the hull of a vessel measured in a longitudinal vertical plane at right angles with and on either side of a horizontal transverse axis passing through the center of flotation. The term is a correlative of pitch, 13, and the two words are generally used together in discussions of the principles of motion and stability of ships: as, the pitch and scend of a vessel, meaning thereby the longitudinal rocking motion of a ship about the transverse axis passing through the center of flotation, of which motion the pitch and the scend separately considered are equal but opposite elements.
- v. rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave
- Probably alteration (influenced by descend or ascend) of send1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The volunteers and military personell from my community that are already on the scend never stopped to ask the racial makeup of those who needed help.”
“What did you think of the scend in “Sideways” where he gets smashed in the face with the motorcycle helmet?”
“She turned to see that he seemed a bit blurry-a green haze was starting to de-scend upon the bridge.”
“With half a moon in the sky they sailed out of the confined waterways and felt the scend of the open sea lift the deck beneath their feet.”
“Big Red had tried sailing out of this soup without success, and the Wing Riders had been forced to de - scend to the makeshift rafts to wait out the front's passing.”
“Pour years ago it had been soprano; as he grew and matured, it would de - scend to the tenor range.”
“The hens could fly high, out of range of the arrows, but would have to de - scend to within range to snatch the flag.”
“Seen in this light natural law appears as a group of principles that tran - scend the law of different epochs and regrouping a set of norms endowed with a certain continuity by opposi - tion to the law of a given epoch, which is transitory and changing; for the law of any epoch is the inter - preter of the preceding one, whereas natural law is the law which outlives the times.”
“But although he does not oppose the artistic imagination to the analytical activity of the intellect, his Platonism does not tran - scend aestheticism, as the intellectual process itself is assimilated by him to creativity and is not recognized as the discovery of an eternal order.”
“He moved his knife hand gently, not quite tossing it, just feeling the scend of its superb balance in his palm.”
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