Ascending
Ascend As*cend", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ascended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ascending}.] [L. ascendere; ad + scandere to climb, mount. See {Scan}.] 1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to {descend}. [1913 Webster]

Higher yet that star ascends. --Bowring. [1913 Webster]

I ascend unto my father and your father. --John xx. 17. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly used with up. [1913 Webster]

The smoke of it ascended up to heaven. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To rise, in a figurative sense; to proceed from an inferior to a superior degree, from mean to noble objects, from particulars to generals, from modern to ancient times, from one note to another more acute, etc.; as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity; to ascend to our first progenitor. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To rise; mount; climb; scale; soar; tower. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ascending — UK [əˈsendɪŋ] / US adjective [only before noun] moving towards a higher level or position in ascending order (= with each one higher or bigger than the one before): The results were ranked in ascending order …   English dictionary

  • ascending — adjective Date: 1581 1. a. rising or increasing to higher levels, values, or degrees < ascending powers of x > b. mounting or sloping upward 2. rising upward usually from a more or less prostrate base or point of attachment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ascending — adj. Ascending is used with these nouns: ↑order …   Collocations dictionary

  • ascending — ascendingly, adv. /euh sen ding/, adj. 1. moving upward; rising. 2. Bot. growing or directed upward, esp. obliquely or in a curve from the base. [1350 1400; ME; see ASCEND, ING2] * * * …   Universalium

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