from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inclining or moving upward; ascending or rising.
- adj. Dominant in position or influence; superior.
- n. The position or state of being dominant or in control: a conservative policy currently in the ascendant.
- n. In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that rises in the east at the time of a person's birth or other event.
- n. An ancestor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Rising, moving upward.
- adj. Surpassing or controlling.
- n. Being in control.
- n. An ancestor (antonym of descendant)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Ascent; height; elevation.
- n. The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a person's life and fortune.
- n. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency.
- n. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to
- adj. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.
- adj. Rising; ascending.
- adj. Superior; surpassing; ruling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Proceeding upward; rising; mounting.
- Superior; predominant; surpassing: as, “an ascendant spirit over him,” South.
- In astrology, rising over the horizon, or nearly so.
- In botany, same as ascending.
- In heraldry, rising or issuing upward (the reverse of issuant): as, rays of the sun ascendant from the bottom of the shield, from a fesse, etc.
- n. In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that is situated on the eastern horizon at any particular moment, as at the moment of birth or of the propounding of any question; the horoscope.
- n. Superiority or commanding influence; predominance: especially in the phrase to gain the ascendant over one.
- n. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred: opposed to descendant.
- n. In architecture, one of the two sides or vertical members of the chambranle of a door or window.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. position or state of being dominant or in control
- n. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
- adj. tending or directed upward
- adj. most powerful or important or influential
From Middle French ascendant, from Latin ascendens. (Wiktionary)