Ascension Day
Ascension As*cen"sion, n. [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr. ascendere. See {Ascend}.] 1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (--Acts i. 9.) Also, Ascension Day. [1913 Webster]

3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation. [1913 Webster]

Vaporous ascensions from the stomach. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

{Ascension Day}, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the day on which commemorated our Savior's ascension into heaven after his resurrection; -- called also {Holy Thursday}.

{Right ascension} (Astron.), that degree of the equinoctial, counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a star, or other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the meridian with the star; -- expressed either in degrees or in time.

{Oblique ascension} (Astron.), an arc of the equator, intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator which rises together with a star, in an oblique sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the horizon with a star. It is little used in modern astronomy. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ascension Day — a Christian holy day on the Thursday 40 days after Easter, when Christians remember when Christ went up to heaven ( the Ascension) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Ascension Day — n. the fortieth day after Easter, celebrating the Ascension …   English World dictionary

  • Ascension-day — or Ascenˈsion day noun (Christianity) A festival, ten days before Whitsunday, commemorating Christ s Ascension • • • Main Entry: ↑ascend …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ascension Day —    This marks the ascension of Christ into heaven, and being the fortieth day after Easter Sunday it always falls on a Thursday (hence its other name, Holy Thursday), though the actual date changes yearly. A custom of processing around the parish …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Ascension Day — noun (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter • Syn: ↑Ascension, ↑Ascension of the Lord • Topics: ↑Christianity, ↑Christian religion • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ascension Day —    A Feast observed with great solemnity forty days after Easter in commemoration of our Lord s Ascension into Heaven. It is also called Holy Thursday. St. Augustine, A.D. 395, calls this one of the Festivals which are supposed to have been… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ascension Day — day which is celebrated on the 40th day after Easter in commemoration of Christ s ascension into heaven (Christianity) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ascension Day — Ascen′sion Day n. rel the 40th day after Easter, commemorating the Ascension of Christ; Holy Thursday • Etymology: 1325–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • Ascension Day — /əˈsɛnʃən deɪ/ (say uh senshuhn day) noun Christianity the fortieth day after Easter, commemorating the ascension of Christ …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ascension Day — the 40th day after Easter, commemorating the Ascension of Christ; Holy Thursday. [1325 75; ME] * * * …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”