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

  • adjective Moving downward; descending.
  • adjective Proceeding by descent from an ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Going or coming down; falling; sinking; descending.
  • In heraldry, flying downward and showing the back: said of a bird used as a bearing.
  • Proceeding or descending from an original, as an ancestor.
  • noun See descendant.

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

  • adjective Descending; falling; proceeding from an ancestor or source.

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

  • adjective descending; going down
  • adjective descending from (an ancestor)

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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