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

  • adjective Ascending, sloping upward, or advancing.
  • adjective Developing or emerging.
  • adjective Increasing in power or influence.
  • adjective About to begin a certain grade or educational level.
  • noun The action of one that rises.
  • noun An uprising; an insurrection.
  • noun A slope or hill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who or that which rises.
  • noun Specifically— The appearance of the sun or a star above the horizon. In astronomy the sun or a planet is said to rise when the upper limb appears in the horizon; and in calculating the time allowance must be made for refraction, parallax, and the dip of the horizon. Primitive astronomers defined the seasons by means of the risings and settings of certain stars relatively to the sun. These, called by Kepler “poetical risings and settings,” are the acronychal, cosmical, and heliacal (see these words).
  • noun The act of arising from the dead, or of coming to life again; resurrection.
  • noun A hostile demonstration of people opposed to the government; a revolt; an insurrection; sedition: as, to call out troops to quell a rising.
  • noun That which rises; a prominence, elevation, or swelling; specifically, a tumor on the body, as a boil or a wen.
  • noun In mining, same as rise, 14.
  • noun A giving way in an upward direction from pressure exerted from beneath.
  • noun That which is used to make dough rise, as yeast or leaven. See salt-rising.
  • noun In bread-making, the quantity of dough set to rise at one time.
  • noun A defect sometimes occurring in casting crucible steel, which is said to “boil” in the mold after teeming, producing a honeycomb structure of the metal.
  • noun A water-swelling: said of ova by fish-culturists.
  • noun Nautical, the thick planking laid fore and aft, on which the timbers of the deck bear; also, the narrow strake inside a boat just under the thwarts.
  • Increasing in possessions, importance, power, or distinction: as, a rising town; a rising man.
  • Growing; advancing to adult years, and to the state of active life: as, the rising generation.
  • Growing so as to be near some specified or indicated amount: used loosely in an awkward quasi-adverbial construction: reaching an amount greater than that specified: sometimes with of: as, rising three years old; rising of a thousand men were killed; the colt is rising of two this grass [U. S.]
  • reaching an amount which is at least that specified and may be greater: as, a horse rising fourteen hands
  • approaching but not yet reaching the specified amount: as, a colt rising two years old [Eng.].

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

  • adjective Attaining a higher place; taking, or moving in, an upward direction; appearing above the horizon; ascending.
  • adjective Increasing in wealth, power, or distinction
  • adjective Growing; advancing to adult years and to the state of active life.
  • noun The act of one who, or that which, rises (in any sense).
  • noun That which rises; a tumor; a boil.
  • noun (Waterworks) the pipe through which water from an engine is delivered to an elevated reservoir.
  • preposition Colloq. & Low, U.S. More than; exceeding; upwards of.

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

  • verb Present participle of rise.
  • noun rebellion
  • adjective that which goes up

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

  • adjective sloping upward
  • adjective coming to maturity
  • adjective newly come into prominence
  • noun organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
  • adjective advancing or becoming higher or greater in degree or value or status
  • noun a movement upward


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