descend from (someone or something)

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descend from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. The bride looked simply gorgeous as she descended from the balcony in her flowing gown.
2. To originate from a particular ancestor or source. I was shocked to learn that I descended from key figures in the American Revolution.
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descend from someone

or some group [for a living creature] to come from a particular set of ancestors. I descend from a large family of Dutch traders. Wally is descended from Daniel Boone.
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descend from something

to move down from something. The bird descended from the top of the tree to a lower branch. Take care when you descend from the ladder.
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References in classic literature ?
La Esmeralda turned pale and descended from the pillory, staggering as she went.
When we attempt to estimate the amount of structural difference between the domestic races of the same species, we are soon involved in doubt, from not knowing whether they have descended from one or several parent-species.
In the case of most of our anciently domesticated animals and plants, I do not think it is possible to come to any definite conclusion, whether they have descended from one or several species.
The whole subject must, I think, remain vague; nevertheless, I may, without here entering on any details, state that, from geographical and other considerations, I think it highly probable that our domestic dogs have descended from several wild species.
Even in the case of the domestic dogs of the whole world, which I fully admit have probably descended from several wild species, I cannot doubt that there has been an immense amount of inherited variation.
Great as the differences are between the breeds of pigeons, I am fully convinced that the common opinion of naturalists is correct, namely, that all have descended from the rock-pigeon (Columba livia), including under this term several geographical races or sub-species, which differ from each other in the most trifling respects.
"DANNY DYER told me he was descended from Edward III, which is interesting.
In August 2012, over Minnesota, a UAV descended from its assigned altitude, FL350, without clearance.
For this final determination, the petitioner had to provide evidence that it members descended from a historical tribe.
The Nahyans are descended from Shaikh Nahyan, an 18th century tribal chieftain descended from Shaikh Yas.
BBC1, 9pm There are few things more exciting than hearing some demented granny tell you that your great-granddad had a fling with a minor royal and that you're descended from a certain somebody called Maurice Moneybags.
"The weight of the evidence is now suggesting that not only did birds not descend from dinosaurs, but that some species now believed to be dinosaurs may have descended from birds," said Ruben.
The al-Nahyans are descended from Shaikh Nahyan, an 18th century tribal chieftain descended from Shaikh Yas.
Further, as from the marriage of their daughter, Edith or Matilda to the future King Henry I of England in 1100, it came about that not only the King of Scots, but also the Kings of England from Henry II onwards, were descended from Alfred the Great.
The fruit that is envisaged in the mind is, firstly, not descended from the repository of knowledge by way of displacement (tajf) so as to create some deficiency in the origin or to give evidence to its imperfection.