Descending De*scend"ing, a. Of or pertaining to descent; moving downwards. [1913 Webster]

{Descending constellations} or {Descending signs} (Astron.), those through which the planets descent toward the south.

{Descending node} (Astron.), that point in a planet's orbit where it intersects the ecliptic in passing southward.

{Descending series} (Math.), a series in which each term is numerically smaller than the preceding one; also, a series arranged according to descending powers of a quantity. [1913 Webster]

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  • descending — Running downward or toward the periphery. SYN: descendens. [L. de scendo, pp. scensus, to come down, fr. scando, to climb] * * * de·scend·ing dē .sen diŋ, di adj 1) moving or directed downward <descending infection from the kidney (Therapeutic …   Medical dictionary

  • descending — [[t]dɪse̱ndɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n When a group of things is listed or arranged in descending order, each thing is smaller or less important than the thing before it. All the other ingredients, including water, have to be listed in descending order by …   English dictionary

  • Descending — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • descending — adj. Descending is used with these nouns: ↑gloom, ↑order …   Collocations dictionary

  • descending — de|scend|ing [ dı sendıŋ ] adjective in descending order arranged or listed so that each thing is smaller or less important than the thing before it ─ opposite IN ASCENDING ORDER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • descending — UK [dɪˈsendɪŋ] / US adjective in descending order …   English dictionary

  • descending — adj. [L. de, away from; scandere, to climb] Directed downwards or caudad; detrorse …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • descending — Directed downward [Butler, T.H.] …   Crustacea glossary

  • descending — Synonyms and related words: ascending, axial, back, back flowing, backward, collapsing, deciduous, declined, declining, declivate, declivitous, declivous, decurrent, descendant, dipping, down, down reaching, down trending, downcoming, downfalling …   Moby Thesaurus

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