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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Descension The act of going downward; descent; falling or sinking; declension; degradation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n descension The act of going down or downward; descent, either literal or figurative.
    • n descension A falling or precipitation; fall; declension.
    • n descension In old chemistry, the deposition or precipitation of the essential juice dissolved from the distilled matter. See distillation by descent, under descent.
    • n descension In old astronomy, negative ascension, the angular amount by which the projection of a star from the pole upon the equinoctial is below some horizon. If this horizon passes through the poles and equinoctial points, the angle is called right descension; if the horizon passes through the equinoctial points but not through the poles, the angle is called oblique descension.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. descension, L. descensio,. See Descent


In literature:

The inclination of the cylinder, which is variable, promotes the gradual descension of the ore from the higher to the lower end.
"Getting Gold" by J. C. F. Johnson
When there should have been an ascension there was a descension.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The birth, death, descension, resurrection and ascension of all the Saviour-gods, not excepting Jesus, are versions of the sun-myth.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown

In news:

While the second installment of the double album, The Afterman: Descension, is set to be released on February 5, 2013, the band will release a vinyl album, The Afterman: Ascension (Big Beige Demos ), on November 23 for Record Store Day.