descension

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French descension.

Noun[edit]

descension (plural descensions)

  1. (now rare) Descent; the act of descending. [from 15th c.]
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV part I, II.5:
      From a God to a Bull? a heavy descension. It was Jove's case.
  2. (astronomy, obsolete) The descent below the horizon of a celestial body. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, VI.3:
      For in regard of time (as we elsewhere declare) the stars do vary their longitudes, and consequently the times of their ascension and descension.

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

descension f (oblique plural descensions, nominative singular descension, nominative plural descensions)

  1. descent

Antonyms[edit]