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1. the action of descending; descent
2. astronomy the setting (descent below the horizon) of a celestial body
3. astronomy the section of the sky which descends below the horizon along with a given celestial body
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(dɪˈsɛn ʃən)

1. (in astrology) the part of the zodiac in which the influence of a planet is weakest. Compare exaltation (def. 4).
2. descent.
[1350–1400; Middle English descensioun < Old French descension < Latin dēscēnsiō=dēscend(ere) to descend + -tiō -tion]
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