• WordNet 3.6
    • n ascent the act of changing location in an upward direction
    • n ascent a movement upward "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"
    • n ascent an upward slope or grade (as in a road) "the car couldn't make it up the rise"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ascent An eminence, hill, or high place.
    • Ascent The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward; as, he made a tedious ascent; the ascent of vapors from the earth. "To him with swift ascent he up returned."
    • Ascent The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade; as, a road has an ascent of five degrees.
    • Ascent The way or means by which one ascends.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ascent The act of rising or ascending; upward movement: as, the ascent of vapors, or of a balloon.
    • n ascent Hence A rising from a lower to a higher state, degree, or grade; advancement.
    • n ascent 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 ascent An eminence; a hill or high place.
    • n ascent The way by which one ascends; the means of ascending; acclivity; upward slope.
    • n ascent 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 ascent A proceeding upward or backward in time or in logical order of succession.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ascent act of ascending: upward movement, as of a balloon: way of ascending: degree of elevation or advancement: slope or gradient: a flight of steps
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  • Publilius Syrus
    “Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formed like descent, as if from a F. ascente, fr. a verb ascendre, fr. L. ascendere,. See Ascend Descent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ascensioascendĕre.


In literature:

They walked quite rapidly up the path, making a turn that gave them a very steep ascent.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
The ascent now became gradual, and before the day was spent they arrived at Sheep Camp, on the edge of the timber.
"Klondike Nuggets" by E. S. Ellis
Before he started to make the ascent he first stuffed cotton in his ears.
"Tales of Giants from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
I returned for Modestine, pushed her briskly forward, and, after a sharp ascent of twenty minutes, reached the edge of a plateau.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Such was the order of march in which we commenced the ascent of Hayes River.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
The ascent was extremely difficult, and it took the troops six hours to reach the summit.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
Given good muscles and wind, the other requisites for an ascent of the Mountain are a competent guide and grit.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
Most of the way we were dismounted, but still the horses and camels were greatly distressed by the effort of the ascent.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
An ascent to the Kala Ardeshir well repays the trouble of getting there.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

My first ascent I may not tell;
Enough to know that in that well
My first high aspirations fell.
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
With many a puff and pant:
Who still, as rises the ascent,
In language grows more violent,
Although in breath more scant:
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
It blessed strong, trembling shoulders bent:
Helped many a soul in thrall
To climb again the steep ascent,
And reft the grim entanglement
That brought about the fall.
"The Church upon the Hill" by John O Brien
O'er the high precipice unmov'd she bent,
A fearful path the beams of morning shew;
The pilgrim reach'd with toil the rude ascent,
And saw her brooding o'er the deep below.
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
What time Iberia, gash'd with many a scar,
Braved the fierce Gaul, in fervour uncontroll'd,
Though doubts and fears bedimm'd her struggling star,
Its bright ascent thy prescient soul foretold.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
The mild inquiry of his gaze
Was altered to a peaked amaze,
At sight of thirty in ascent,
To gain his notice clearly bent:
And greatly Jane at heart was vexed
By his ploughed look of mind perplexed.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith

In news:

The US National Intelligence Council predicts China's ascent as the world's top.
Balloon went for two ascents on Thursday, one of about one-quarter mile, and 75 feet, and this one which was tethered JAMES A JONES JR./BRADENTON HERALD Buy Photo.
Balloon went for two ascents on Thursday, one of about one-quarter mile, and 75 feet, and this one which was tethered JAMES A JONES JR./BRADENTON HERALD.
Among the more startling revelations in William J Mann's engrossing chronicle of Barbra Streisand's ascent to superstardom emerges in one of the book's photos.
Chad Jukes steadies himself along the ascent of Owens-Spaulding route of the Grand Teton.
The ascent of the International Contemporary Ensemble.
The ascent solidifies Mr Cue 's role as one of the chief deputies to Mr Cook, who has surrounded himself with several close advisers without elevating one to a clear number two.
The subject's ascent stems from its emphasis in the common core, feedback from colleges and the workplace, and emerging research.
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner started his daring ascent to 23 miles above Earth on Sunday, hoping to make a death-defying free fall that could make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.
"It's a matter of finding out the particulars to determine if it will work or not," said Teresa Treiger, RN, principal at Ascent Care Management in Holbrook, Mass.
Pikes Peak Ascent – Manitou Springs, Co. For 57 years people have been racing up Pikes Peak, and it might take at least that long before someone breaks Kim Dobson 's new course record.
Kim Dobson shatters women's record at Pikes Peak Ascent.
At every checkpoint of the Pikes Peak Ascent, Kim Dobson would look at her watch and not believe how fast her time was.
Yet there's one thing that may stop, or at least slow, Android's ascent: patent fights.
Saints hope Sunday marks beginning of ascent up Everest -sized mountain.

In science:

The rightmost chain in Figure 2 consists entirely of honest ascents, even in light of all the saturated chains in the interval rather than only those depicted in Figure 2.
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes
Case Ia: If B = B ′ , then we will show that π(C ) must either have an honest descent or a swap ascent within the interval.
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes
Before this happens, there will be a descent or swap ascent since this later step will have a lexicographically smaller label than any step before it in the interval.
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes
In this case, there must either be a swap ascent in B immediately before b′ is split off on its own, or there must be a descent if there are steps splitting B , then splitting another block, then later splitting a block derived from B to create b′ .
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes
B ′ which is not the leftmost descendent, there still will be a swap ascent or a descent.
Lexicographic shellability for balanced complexes