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

  • intransitive v. To heave upward on a wave or swell.
  • n. The rising movement of a ship on a wave or swell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The rising motion of water as a wave passes; a surge

from The 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.

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  • v. rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave


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

Probably alteration (influenced by descend or ascend) of send1.


  • 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.

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  • What did you think of the scend in “Sideways” where he gets smashed in the face with the motorcycle helmet?

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  • She turned to see that he seemed a bit blurry-a green haze was starting to de-scend upon the bridge.

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  • 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.

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  • Pour years ago it had been soprano; as he grew and matured, it would de - scend to the tenor range.

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  • The hens could fly high, out of range of the arrows, but would have to de - scend to within range to snatch the flag.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • "Bonden at the tiller gauging the scend of the sea, alternately filling a trifle and then luffing up..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 27

    February 11, 2008