• WordNet 3.6
    • v ascend travel up, "We ascended the mountain" "go up a ladder","The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope"
    • v ascend move to a better position in life or to a better job "She ascended from a life of poverty to one of great"
    • v ascend come up, of celestial bodies "The sun also rises","The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled...","Jupiter ascends"
    • v ascend slope upwards "The path ascended to the top of the hill"
    • v ascend go along towards (a river's) source "The boat ascended the Delaware"
    • v ascend appear to be moving upward, as by means of tendrils "the vine climbed up the side of the house"
    • v ascend become king or queen "She ascended to the throne after the King's death"
    • v ascend go back in order of genealogical succession "Inheritance may not ascend linearly"
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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.
    • v. t Ascend To go or move upward upon or along; to climb; to mount; to go up the top of; as, to ascend a hill, a ladder, a tree, a river, a throne.
    • Ascend To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to descend. "Higher yet that star ascends .""I ascend unto my father and your father.""The smoke of it ascended up to heaven."
    • Ascend To rise, in a figurative sense; to proceed from an inferior to a superior degree, from mean to noble objects, from particulars to generals, from modern to ancient times, from one note to another more acute, etc.; as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity; to ascend to our first progenitor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ascend To move upward; mount; go up; rise, whether in air or water, or upon a material object.
    • ascend To rise, in a figurative sense; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree, from mean to noble objects, from particulars to generals, etc.
    • ascend To slope upward.
    • ascend To go backward in the order of time; proceed from modern to ancient times: as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity.
    • ascend To rise, as a star; appear above the horizon.
    • ascend In music, to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to one more acute. Synonyms To mount, soar, climb.
    • ascend To go or move upward upon; climb: as, to ascend a hill or ladder; to ascend a tree.
    • ascend To move upward along; go toward the source of: as, to ascend a river. Synonyms To mount, climb, scale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Ascend as-send′ to climb or mount up: to rise, literally or figuratively: to go backwards in the order of time
    • v.t Ascend to climb or go up on: to mount
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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
L. ascendere,; ad, + scandere, to climb, mount. See Scan


In literature:

With the last exertion of his exhausted strength, he ascended these heights, and found himself before an opening.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Richelieu's star was now in the ascendant.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
The plants are clustered, many growing in a compact group, the hairy bases closely joined and the stems usually ascending.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
But the rocks and stones are everywhere in the ascendant.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
On Christmas Day, Nicholas ascended the imperial throne.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The steam or vapour does ascend from the bottom, though it seems to arise from the surface of the liquid.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
And as we ascend higher we shall find many more friends among the flowers.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
During the contest, by his coolness, audacity, and resource, he soon acquired ascendency.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The trail ascends from Independence, where one also may comfortably outfit.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
If we ascend the road leading to the Bluff we have a most charming and extended view.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou

In poetry:

We were
we baled the darkness empty, we found
the word that ascended summer:
"Flower" by Paul Celan
Hark! the organ's solemn peal
Ascends the lofty fane,
To win the soul's repeal,
From everlasting pain:
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
And with songs ascending sheer
Love-born Love replies,
Singing Father in his ear
Where she bleeding lies.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
Thy sinless soul ascending
Above this dreary sod,
Shall feel its being blending
In deathless love with God.
"Though Thou Wast Passing Fair" by James Avis Bartley
For Him shall prayer unceasing,
And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,
A kingdom without end;
"Hail to the Lord's Anointed" by James Montgomery
From the depths of slumber,
As I ascend the spiral stairways of wakefulness,
I will whisper:
God! God! God!
"God! God! God!" by Paramahansa Yogananda

In news:

A player who has a great chance to ascend in the Oakland Raiders' training camp is cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. He has a chance to show he belongs in the starting mix.
California has more Hispanics than any other state, by far, but you'd have to look elsewhere for those being talked about as ascending stars on the national political stage.
For five months, since officials discovered a small foreign object had damaged two of the escalator 's moving parts, the 1,800 riders who use the station on a typical weekday have ascended formidable flights of stairs to get to their trains.
IPhone 4S vs Huawei Ascend D Quad.
' The vid opens with Star Wars credits, with words ascending against a black, starry sky.
The recall covers the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years.
Like most serif fonts , Jura includes the letter-press style lower case a and g, although the g has an interesting flat bottom that match the modern, short ascenders and descenders of this typeface.
To complete the look, he topped the font 's ascenders with a bone shape.
Ascend the breathing rainbow to affordable cashmere and many colors of sock.
The program cover for the annual American College of Healthcare Executives meeting in Chicago this week portrays a driver's view over the steering wheel as the car ascends a scenic mountain.
And so the Chick-fil-A sandwich ascended into heaven Photo: Melissa Hom.
His uncle Claudius swiftly ascended the throne, and married Hamlet 's mother Gertrude in what Hamlet regards as unseemly haste.
It's been known as the "Big Orange," the glowing neon orb with sunglasses that ascends the Intercontinental Hotel every New Year.
Defensive tackle ascends to No.
Ascend the pyramid to achieve proficiency.

In science:

Let ΓM be the ascending HNN extension of Zn given by the monomorphism φM with matrix M .
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
But Bieri-Strebel [BS1] have shown that every finitely presented solvable group is, up to commensurability, an ascending HNN extension with base group a finitely generated solvable group.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
More precisely, if y ≥ 0 all ni ≥ 1 because the walk has to ascend from −s to the level y ; if y < 0 it may be that nk = 0, for k ≤ y .
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
We perform the local discrimination optimally in ascending order of | < ui |vi > |.
Optimal Conclusive Discrimination of Two Non-orthogonal Pure Product Multipartite States Locally
As noted in that section, each of the ring models listed in Table 1 spends considerably more time traveling through the thin shell 0.90 R∗ ≤ r ≤ 0.96 R∗ than in ascending from the starting radius to r = 0.90 R∗ (see Figure 9).
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior