from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of rising or going upward.
- n. An advancement, especially in social status.
- n. An upward slope or incline.
- n. A going back in time or upward in genealogical succession.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of ascending. A motion upwards.
- n. The way or means by which one ascends.
- n. An eminence, hill, or high place.
- n. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
- n. The ascender height in a typeface.
- n. An increase, for example in popularity or hierarchy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward
- The way or means by which one ascends.
- An eminence, hill, or high place.
- The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rising or ascending; upward movement: as, the ascent of vapors, or of a balloon.
- n. Hence A rising from a lower to a higher state, degree, or grade; advancement.
- n. The act of climbing or traveling up; the act of advancing from a lower to a higher position; a going up, as up a mountain, river, stairway, etc.
- n. An eminence; a hill or high place.
- n. The way by which one ascends; the means of ascending; acclivity; upward slope.
- n. The angle made by an ascending line or surface with the horizontal line or plane: as, the road has an ascent of five degrees.
- n. A proceeding upward or backward in time or in logical order of succession.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a movement upward
- n. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
- n. the act of changing location in an upward direction
From ascend, on the model of descent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)