Descending series

(Math.) a series in which each term is numerically smaller than the preceding one; also, a series arranged according to descending powers of a quantity.

See also: Descending

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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42-43 however, a deceptive cadence leads to a descending series of five quarter notes, which ushers in a very chromatic pre-cadence drive that is replete with sharps and cruciform patterns in the melodic writing of all three voices.
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The first movement (moderato) opens with the solo bass presenting a theme consisting of an ascending and descending series of thirds, sevenths, and sixths, punctuated unobtrusively by Scotch snaps to the quiet accompaniment of a slowly changing pedal point in the cello and double bass.