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  • v. Present participle of descend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to descent; moving downwards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. coming down or downward


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  • lowered rank

    July 22, 2009