Right ascension
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.

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