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descend
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
descend the mountain
Definition
move or slope downward
  • With something like panic Kit watched Goodwife Gruff descend the ladder and stride ahead of her husband along the wharf.
    p. 26.8
descend = climb down
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • A man stepped menacingly from the corner brandishing a long pole, and Kit winced as two sharp raps descended on each luckless head.
    p. 54.4
  • descended = came down
  • William's heavy hand descended on his shoulder.
    p. 143.3
descended = came down
There are no more uses of "descend" flagged with this meaning in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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2  —2 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
Definition
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
  • A smart crackle of blows, a few agonized howls, and silence and order descended suddenly on the room.
    p. 88.8
descended = came
  • This was the second time this morning that her uncle's wrath had descended on her head.
    p. 51.4
descended = come down (arrived suddenly)
There are no more uses of "descend" flagged with this meaning in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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