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decrescent

[dih-kres-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. diminishing; decreasing.
  2. waning, as the moon.

Origin of decrescent

1600–10; < Latin dēcrēscent- (stem of dēcrēscēns), present participle of dēcrēscere to decrease; see -ent
Related formsde·cres·cence, noun
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Examples from the Web for decrescent

Historical Examples

  • Ensigned on the top as before all betwixt a decrescent and a star in fess or.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • The word neap is derived from the Saxon; it signifies low, decrescent, 120 and is used only of the tide.

  • It had now a different sound, as there is a different note in the ascending and decrescent song of the lark.

  • The clock was striking two, as they reached Tom quad, and the decrescent moon to contradict him was already above the roofs.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for decrescent

decrescent

adjective
  1. (esp of the moon) decreasing; waning
Derived Formsdecrescence, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin dēcrescēns growing less; see decrease
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