EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESCENDING
Descending this, he went forth with her into the dark and silent night.
After descending the front steps he stopped, as if to consider the way he should take.
Kirkwood reconnoitered through the window, while the driver was descending.
But, by the time he reached the pavement, the inmates were descending.
These men are striking against the descending authority from the Royal House.
In her wrapper she ran out into the hallway and found him descending the stairs.
White Fang sprang clear, just in time to escape the descending blow.
Descending again to the bed-room, I set to work with my tools.
Now that they were descending the slope, he saw where the water was.
Descending to the bank of the river, he called, crying out as Panaumbe had done.
c.1300, from Old French descendre (10c.) "descend, dismount; fall into; originate in," from Latin descendere "come down, descend, sink," from de- "down" (see de-) + scandere "to climb," from PIE root *skand- "jump" (see scan (v.)). Sense of "originate" is late 14c. in English. Related: Descended; descending.