noun Etymology: irregular from ascend Date: circa 1596 1. a. the act of rising or mounting upward ; climb b. an upward slope or rising grade ; acclivity c. the degree of elevation ; inclination, gradient 2. an advance in social status or reputation ; progress 3. a going back in time or upward in order of genealogical succession

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  • Ascent — As*cent [Formed like descent, as if from a F. ascente, fr. a verb ascendre, fr. L. ascendere. See {Ascend}, {Descent}.] 1. The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward; as, he made a tedious ascent; the ascent of vapors from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascent — index headway Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 ascent …   Law dictionary

  • ascent — [n1] upward movement ascendance, ascending, ascension, clambering, climb, climbing, lift, mounting, rise, rising, scaling, spring, take off; concept 166 Ant. decline, descent, lowering ascent [n2] upward slope acclivity, grade, gradient, incline …   New thesaurus

  • ascent — [ə sent′] n. [< ASCEND, modeled on DESCENT] 1. the act of ascending, rising, or climbing 2. an advancement, as in rank, fame, etc. 3. a) a way leading up; upward slope; acclivity b) the amount of such slope …   English World dictionary

  • ascent — (n.) c.1610, action of ascending, from ASCEND (Cf. ascend) on model of descend/descent; climbing sense is from 1753 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ascent — *ascension …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ascent — ► NOUN 1) an instance of ascending. 2) a climb up a mountain. 3) an upward slope …   English terms dictionary

  • ascent — [[t]əse̱nt[/t]] ascents 1) N COUNT: oft N of n An ascent is an upward journey, especially when you are walking or climbing. In 1955 he led the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world s third highest mountain. Ant: descent 2) N COUNT An ascent is …   English dictionary

  • ascent — noun 1 act of climbing/moving up ADJECTIVE ▪ gradual, slow VERB + ASCENT ▪ make ▪ The climbers made their ascent of the mountain without oxygen. ▪ begin …   Collocations dictionary

  • ascent — n. 1) to make an ascent (to make the ascent of a mountain) 2) a gradual; steep ascent * * * [ə sent] steep ascent a gradual to make an ascent (to make the ascent of a mountain) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Ascent — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Motion upwards. < N PARAG:Ascent >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 ascent ascent ascension Sgm: N 1 rising rising &c. 309 Sgm: N 1 acclivity acclivity hill &c. 217 Sgm: N 1 flight of steps fligh …   English dictionary for students

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