from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person, animal, or plant whose descent can be traced to a particular individual or group.
- n. Something derived from a prototype or earlier form: Today's bicycles are descendants of the earlier velocipede.
- n. In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that sets in the west at the time of a person's birth or other event.
- adj. Variant of descendent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That or who descends from a biological ancestor.
- adj. That or who proceeds from a figurative ancestor or source.
- n. One who is the progeny a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.
- n. A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.
- n. A later evolutionary type.
- n. A language that is descended from another.
- n. A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Descendent.
- n. One who descends, as offspring, however remotely; -- correlative to ancestor or ascendant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See descendent.
- n. An individual proceeding from an ancestor in any degree; issue; offspring, near or remote.
- n. In astrology, the descending or western horizon or cusp of the seventh house.
- n. In geology, a topographic feature carved from the mass beneath an older topographic form which has been removed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
- adj. going or coming down
- adj. proceeding by descent from an ancestor
From Middle English dessendaunte, from Middle French, from Latin dēscendēns, present participle of descendere, from dē + scandere ("to climb, ascend"). (Wiktionary)