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descend
used in Unbroken by Hillenbrand

3 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
descend the mountain
Definition
move or slope downward
  • Kinney turned the plane again, descended very low over camp, and dipped his wings.
    p. 313.9
descended = moved downward
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In 1919, when two-year-old Louie was down with pneumonia, he climbed out his bedroom window, descended one story, and went on a naked tear down the street with a policeman chasing him and a crowd watching in amazement.
    p. 5.5
  • descended = climbed down
  • Louie took out his binoculars, descended to the greenhouse, and began scanning.
    p. 117.1
  • descended = moved down
  • As he descended, Kinney saw POWs scattered over the paddy, looking "dirty, ragged and haggard," and a lone man trying to pull them back.
    p. 313.9
descended = moved downward
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2  —1 use as in:
descend into poverty
Definition
figuratively, to move downward to a worse or less prestigious situation
  • Once again in his tormenter's clutches, Louie descended back into a state of profound stress.
    p. 280.1
descended = moved (to a lower or less good condition)
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3  —4 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
Definition
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
  • Blackout descended, and a hush fell.
    p. 105.7
descended = arrived
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Instead, he found a suitably irresponsible companion, donned his Olympic dress uniform, and descended on Berlin.
    p. 35.5
  • descended = came suddenly
  • He descended into a dream, and the Bird rose up over him.
    p. 366.7
  • descended = fell or came
  • The search for him resumed, and the police descended again on the Watanabes.
    p. 369.0
descended = came or arrived
There are no more uses of "descend" flagged with this meaning in Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

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