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descend
used in The War of the Worlds

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1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Definition
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
  • Already men, weeping with joy, as I have heard, shouting and staying their work to shake hands and shout, were making up trains, even as near as Crewe, to descend upon London.
    2.9 — Book 2 Chapter 9 — Wreckage (10% in)
descend = arrive
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  • Many people in Berkshire, Surrey, and Middlesex must have seen the fall of it, and, at most, have thought that another meteorite had descended.
    1.2 — Book 1 Chapter 2 — The Falling Star (16% in)
  • All about me gathered the invisible terrors of the Martians; that pitiless sword of heat seemed whirling to and fro, flourishing overhead before it descended and smote me out of life.
    1.7 — Book 1 Chapter 7 — How I Reached Home (4% in)
  • Over that, above the blackened heather and ruined buildings that stretched far and wide, stood one as sentinel, while the rest abandoned their vast fighting-machines and descended into the pit.
    1.13 — Book 1 Chapter 13 — How I Fell in with the Curate (21% in)
  • To me it is quite credible that the Martians may be descended from beings not unlike ourselves, by a gradual development of brain and hands (the latter giving rise to the two bunches of delicate tentacles at last) at the expense of the rest of the body.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — What We Saw from the Ruined House (65% in)
  • The line on the London side of Woking station was still undergoing repair, so I descended at Byfleet station and took the road to Maybury, past the place where I and the artilleryman had talked to the hussars, and on by the spot where the Martian had appeared to me in the thunderstorm.
    2.9 — Book 2 Chapter 9 — Wreckage (71% in)

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