Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 306 (Motion downwards Descent)

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#306. [Motion downwards] Descent. -- N. descent, descension[obs], declension, declination; fall; falling &c. v.: slump; drop, plunge, plummet, cadence; subsidence, collapse, lapse; downfall, tumble, slip, tilt, trip, lurch; cropper, culbute[obs]; titubation[obs], stumble; fate of Icarus.

avalanche, debacle, landslip, landslide.

declivity, dip, hill.

[equipment for descending by rappeling] rappel.

V. descend; go down, drop down, come down; fall, gravitate, drop, slip, slide, rappel, settle; plunge, plummet, crash; decline, set, sink, droop, come down a peg; slump.

dismount, alight, light, get down; swoop; stoop &c. 308; fall prostrate, precipitate oneself; let fall &c. 308.

tumble, trip, stumble, titubate[obs], lurch, pitch, swag, topple, topple over, tumble over, topple down, tumble down; tilt, sprawl, plump down, come down a cropper.

Adj. descending &c. v.; descendent; decurrent[obs], decursive[obs]; labent[obs], deciduous; nodding to its fall.

Adv. downhill, downwards.

Phr. the bottom fell out.