from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclining or moving upward; ascending or rising.
  • adjective Dominant in position or influence; superior.
  • noun The position or state of being dominant or in control.
  • noun 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.
  • noun An ancestor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Superiority or commanding influence; predominance: especially in the phrase to gain the ascendant over one.
  • noun An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred: opposed to descendant.
  • noun In architecture, one of the two sides or vertical members of the chambranle of a door or window.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Ascent; height; elevation.
  • noun (Astrol.) 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.
  • noun Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency.
  • noun An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant.
  • adjective Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.
  • adjective Rising; ascending.
  • adjective Superior; surpassing; ruling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Rising, moving upward.
  • adjective Surpassing or controlling.
  • noun Being in control.
  • noun An ancestor (antonym of descendant)

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

  • noun position or state of being dominant or in control
  • noun someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  • adjective tending or directed upward
  • adjective most powerful or important or influential


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From Middle French ascendant, from Latin ascendens.


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