• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ascendant most powerful or important or influential "the economically ascendant class","D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
    • adj ascendant tending or directed upward "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin"
    • n ascendant someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    • n ascendant position or state of being dominant or in control "that idea was in the ascendant"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: High-wire acts have been enjoyed since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Antique medals have been excavated from Greek islands depicting men ascending inclined cords and walking across ropes stretched between cliffs. The Greeks called these high-wire performers neurobates or oribates. In the Roman city of Herculaneum there is a fresco representing an aerialist high on a rope, dancing and playing a flute. Sometimes Roman tightrope walkers stretched cables between the tops of two neighboring hills and performed comic dances and pantomimes while crossing.
    • Ascendant An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant.
    • Ascendant Ascent; height; elevation. "Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant ."
    • Ascendant Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon. "The constellation . . . about that time ascendant ."
    • Ascendant Rising; ascending.
    • Ascendant Superior; surpassing; ruling. "An ascendant spirit over him.""The ascendant community obtained a surplus of wealth.""Without some power of persuading or confuting, of defending himself against accusations, . . . no man could possibly hold an ascendent position."
    • Ascendant Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another. "Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a parent."
    • Ascendant (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ascendant Proceeding upward; rising; mounting.
    • ascendant Superior; predominant; surpassing: as, “an ascendant spirit over him,” South.
    • ascendant In astrology, rising over the horizon, or nearly so.
    • ascendant In botany, same as ascending.
    • ascendant 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 ascendant 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. The house of the ascendant includes that part of the zodiac which extends from 5° above the horizon to 25° below it. The lord of the ascendant is the planet that rules the ascendant. This planet is generally the significator of the querent, and the decision of the question depends upon its aspects. Hence, to be in the ascendant signifies to have commanding power or infinence, to occupy a ruling position; and lord of the ascendant, one who has possession of such power or influence: as, to rule, for a while, lord of the ascendant.
    • n ascendant Superiority or commanding influence; predominance: especially in the phrase to gain the ascendant over one.
    • n ascendant An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred: opposed to descendant.
    • n ascendant In architecture, one of the two sides or vertical members of the chambranle of a door or window.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Ascendant superior: above the horizon
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.”
  • Washington Irving
    “Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.”
  • Saskya Pandita
    Saskya Pandita
    “By depending on the great, The small may rise high. See: the little plant ascending the tall tree Has climbed to the top.”
  • Thomas Vaughan
    Thomas Vaughan
    “Have thy heart in heaven and thy hands upon the earth. Ascend in piety and descend in charity. For this is the Nature of Light and the way of the children.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ascendant, L. ascendens,; p. pr. of ascendere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ascensioascendĕre.


In literature:

From this, our first real stage, we began to ascend the slopes of the Sneffels volcano.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
The panorama, unrolling as we ascend, is enough to overpower a lover of beauty.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The sound of her disquiet, that ascends For ever, mocking the high throne of GOD!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
Upon this steps had been cut, and the Indian told the admiral to ascend, and see what he could observe from the top.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Finishing our observations, and warming our dinner over the steaming crevices, we prepared to ascend.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
I will conduct you to the foot of the staircase, which the emperor will have to ascend in order to reach his rooms.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Evidently the vessel had ascended to the surface of the ocean and taken in a fresh supply of air.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
Barking and whining his dog ran onwards to the cottage whence the smoke ascended.
"Strife and Peace" by Fredrika Bremer
Nacal u cah, he ascends.
"The Maya Chronicles" by Various
I never wished to have your company more than when we all ascended the height of St. Vincent's Rocks.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various

In poetry:

Build to-day, then, strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure
Shall to-morrow find its place.
"By The Fireside : The Builders" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thence he arose, ascending high,
And showed our feet the way;
Up to the Lord our flesh shall fly,
At the great rising day.
"Hymn 3" by Isaac Watts
And then the night's pale empress,
With all her glittering train,
The vacant throne ascending,
Resumes her peaceful reign.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
To the ship's bow he ascended,
By his choristers attended,
Round him were the tapers lighted,
And the sacred incense rose.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wouldst thou the holy hill ascend,
Wouldst see the Father's face?
To all his other children bend,
And take the lowest place.
"To My Sister: On Her Twenty-First Birthday" by George MacDonald
Come, for Thy saints still wait;
Daily ascends their sigh;
The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come";
Does Thou not hear the cry?
"Come, Lord, and Tarry Not" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

Yes, the New Puritans are in the ascendant.
Ascended Health's I Am Beautiful Oil.
With the ascendancy in recent years of search advertisements, the little snippets of commercial text that appear next to search results, display ads don't get much respect these days.
Peter Ortner and David Lama ascend the Trango Summit in northern Pakistan's Karakoram mountain range.
The ascending, transverse and descending colon.
The ascending colon is sometimes referred to as the right colon.
He long worked to ascend from his No.
Ascending Montage of earthy spirituality.
There's no doubting the earnestness of Bill Cain's autobiographical drama, but the material doesn't ascend to the universal.
Ascending Ramen in Parkside, Falling Stars and Their Grilling Tips: This Week in Food Bloggery.
About 300 high schoolers will ascend and sing from a five-story lighted structure, said the school's choir director, Shawn Lawton.
Now, with synthesizers back in ascendance, he has been recognized as part of electronica's roots.
Emotions wash over Drew Berry every time he ascends to the third-floor bell tower of the Christian Heyl House on Sunbury Road.
All Saints (A), Nov 1, 2005 Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord.
I have an ascending aneurysm that was growing steadily through my mid-40's but has stabilized around 48 mm for the last two-plus years.

In science:

The group of rules (x ∗ s) use ascending strength of I /F .
Size and Logic
Suppose that the sets X (λ) and Y (λ) are written in ascending order.
Random Walks on Strict Partitions
The fluctuations are commonly characterized by one of the two ascending functions, namely, the standard deviation, σ(L), or the variance, σ2 (L).
Comments on "Remeasuring the Double Helix"
The Anderson-Darling statistic (Anderson and Darling, 1952) uses the distinct values from the observed data ordered ascending.
Distribution Fitting 2. Pearson-Fisher, Kolmogorov-Smirnov, Anderson-Darling, Wilks-Shapiro, Cramer-von-Misses and Jarque-Bera statistics
The first one arises when the underlying Dyck path (or equivalently, the related plane rooted tree) contains vertices of high degree; in the opposite case, these sites can be created by the arrivals to them along the ascending steps of the Dyck paths.
High Moments of Large Wigner Random Matrices and Asymptotic Properties of the Spectral Norm