7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.

If care of our descent perplex us most,
Which must be born to certain woe.

8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.

No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself.

9. Lowest place; extreme downward place. [R.]

And from the extremest upward of thy head,
To the descent and dust below thy foot.
Shak. 10. (Mus.) A passing from a higher to a lower tone.

Syn. — Declivity; slope; degradation; extraction; lineage; assault; invasion; attack.

(De*scrib"a*ble) a. That can be described; capable of description.

(De*scribe") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Described ; p. pr. & vb. n. Describing.] [L. describere, descriptum; de- + scribere to write: cf. OE. descriven, OF. descrivre, F. décrire. See Scribe, and cf. Descry.]

1. To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle.

2. To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.

3. To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class. [Obs.]

Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book.
Josh. xviii. 9.

Syn. — To set forth; represent; delineate; relate; recount; narrate; express; explain; depict; portray; chracterize.

(De*scribe"), v. i. To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.

(De*scrib"ent) n. [L. describens, p. pr. of describere.] (Geom.) Same as Generatrix.

(De*scrib"er) n. One who describes.

(De*scri"er) n. One who descries.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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