What does the word descent mean?

Usage examples for descent

  1. If we were dealing with any other man than Napoleon, we might safely say that an invasion of England, before the command of the sea had been secured, was infinitely less likely than a descent on Ireland. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. There must be occasional descent of lovers' heads from the clouds. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  3. She caught at the hovering wrist to spare the descent of the knife. – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst