decrescence, n.
/di kres"euhnt/, adj.
1. diminishing; decreasing.
2. waning, as the moon.
[1600-10; < L decrescent- (s. of decrescens), prp. of decrescere to DECREASE; see -ENT]

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  • decrescent — [dē kres′ənt] adj. [L decrescens, prp. of decrescere, DECREASE] decreasing; lessening; waning: said esp. of the moon in its final quarter …   English World dictionary

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  • decrescent — adjective Etymology: alteration of earlier decressant, from Anglo French, present participle of Anglo French decrestre to decrease Date: 1610 becoming less by gradual diminution ; decreasing, waning …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decrescent — 1. adjective Becoming gradually less. 2. noun A crescent oriented with horns turned to sinister (pointing right). Ant: increscent …   Wiktionary

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