from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group.
  • noun Something derived from a prototype or earlier form.
  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
  • adjective going or coming down
  • adjective proceeding by descent from an ancestor


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


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