The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Descend \De*scend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Descended; p. pr. &
vb. n. Descending.] [F. descendre, L. descendere,
descensum; de- + scandere to climb. See Scan.]
1. To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards;
to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing,
walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward; --
the opposite of ascend.
The rain descended, and the floods came. --Matt.
We will here descend to matters of later date.
2. To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]
[He] with holiest meditations fed,
Into himself descended. --Milton.
3. To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage
ground; to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or
And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. --Pope.
4. To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less
virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase
one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.
5. To pass from the more general or important to the
particular or less important matters to be considered.
6. To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be
derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to
fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend
from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.
7. (Anat.) To move toward the south, or to the southward.
8. (Mus.) To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower