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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of ascending; ascent.
  • n. Astronomy The rising of a star above the horizon.
  • n. In Christianity, the bodily rising of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection.
  • n. A feast celebrating this event, observed on Ascension Day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of ascending; an ascent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
  • n. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (Acts i. 9.) Also, Ascension Day.
  • n. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of ascending; a rising; specifically, the bodily passing from earth to heaven of Christ, in the presence of his disciples (Mark xvi. 19; Luke xxiv. 50, 51; Acts i. 1–11).
  • n. [capitalized] The day on which the ascension of Christ is commemorated in the church; Ascension day.
  • n. That which rises or ascends; a fume.
  • n. In astronomy, the rising of a star or point above the horizon on the celestial sphere.
  • n. A going back in time, or in the order of genealogical succession; ascent.
  • n. In mod. astron., the right ascension of a star or point of the sphere is the arc of the equator intercepted between its circle of declination and the vernal equinox or first point of Aries, reckoned toward the east. This meaning is derived from the conception of an observer at a point on the earth's equator where all the stars rise vertically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection
  • n. (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter
  • n. (astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon
  • n. a movement upward
  • n. the act of changing location in an upward direction

Etymologies

Middle English ascensioun, from Old French ascention, from Latin ascēnsiō, ascēnsiōn-, from ascēnsus, past participle of ascendere, to ascend; see ascend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ascensio ("ascent") (Wiktionary)

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