Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Moving or directed downward; characterized by downward direction.
  • Specifically
  • Characterized by descent or decrease as regards the value or importance of its constituent members; indicating a continued lowering as regards position, value, or importance: as, a descending scale or series.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to descent; moving downwards.
  • adjective (Astron.) those through which the planets descent toward the south.
  • adjective (Astron.) that point in a planet's orbit where it intersects the ecliptic in passing southward.
  • adjective (Math.) a series in which each term is numerically smaller than the preceding one; also, a series arranged according to descending powers of a quantity.

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

  • verb Present participle of descend.

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

  • adjective coming down or downward

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Examples

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  • lowered rank

    July 22, 2009