• WordNet 3.6
    • n ascendance the state that exists when one person or group has power over another "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
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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.
    • n Ascendance Same as Ascendency.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ascendance Same as ascendancy.
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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.”


In literature:

After a time the thin snake begins to ascend; they are coming up now, but not so fast as they went down.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
As we ascended higher up the country, however, travelling became more easy.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
After quitting the shore he continued slowly to ascend the mountain until he gained the summit.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
Ascending the steep mountain-sides with two of the guides, I preceded the rest of the party, and even the baggage mules.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
In doing this they ascended and descended by means of a long step ladder.
"Rollo in Switzerland" by Jacob Abbott
There, having ascended, he lay down to rest, and beside him golden-throned Juno.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
At length, with his fire-stick held between his teeth, he ascended the ladder to his perch.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
When everything was ready the boys ascended the ladder and went to sleep upstairs.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
I think best under the influence of a cigar; and lighting one, I ascended to the azotea, to complete my little scheme.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Both the species of bulbul common in the plains ascend the lower ranges of the Himalayas.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar

In poetry:

The incense of the spring ascends
Upon the morning gale:
Red o'er the hill the roses bloom,
The lilies in the vale.
"Hymn VII. Messiah! at thy glad approach" by John Logan
He thither did in pomp ascend,
His spouse along to bring:
That Hallelujahs without end
Thy Husband's bride may sing.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
His foaming coursers onward bend,
And falling empires moan;
One piercing cry the heavens ascend,
One universal groan!
"The Complaint" by Thomas Gent
Is this her resting place? Ah, no,
She hastens onward still,
The startled deer before her fly
As she ascends the hill.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
Father of love, to thee I bend
My heart, and lift mine eyes;
O let my pray'r and praise ascend
As odours to the skies.
"Father of Love, to Thee I Bend" by Augustus Montague Toplady
When the jaws of darkness rend,
And the vapours fold away,
And the sounds of life ascend
Like dust in the blinding day?
"To My Mother Earth" by George MacDonald

In news:

To me, this seems like the optimal approach: As you ascend to high altitudes , measure your balance with the simple mBESS every morning and/or every evening.
Until then a position occupied by elites, Jackson's arrival at the White House represented the ascendency of the common man.
The new Pepsi ads that so clearly try to play off an otherwise capture the moment of Barack Obama's ascendancy to the White House hit…and miss.
I was ascending the steps of St Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington, Long Island, when my phone vibrated.
The bike 's electric motor helped me climb up to the Brooklyn Bridge, and then ascend a long incline from the Hudson River to the traffic-choked heart of Manhattan.
Man ascends skyscraper in Chicago with bionic leg.
GOP, meet the ascending electorate.
Gary Keever prepares to ascend in a bucket lift to view the foliage on the oak trees at Toomer's Corner (Evan Woodbery, Auburn Bureau).
From lunar and solar eclipses, to shooting stars, to breathing views of sunrise/sunset, to an ascending full moon on a cloudless evening, the sky above us is full of mystery and wonder.
The Foley plant of Ascend Performance Materials hosted the ceremonial signing of their Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support on November 12.
Singh Named CFO of News Corp. Ascending The Corporate Ladder.
Martina Navratilova, taking a break after ascending to 4,500 meters on Day 4 of her hike up Mount Kilimanjaro , had to abandon her efforts due to the effects of high altitude on her lungs.
Runner ascends steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington ( Kevin Lamarque Reuters, REUTERS / October 18, 2012 ).
In two weeks, churches throughout the nation will celebrate Easter by retelling the story of the Last Supper , Jesus' crucifixion and how he was risen three days later to ascend into heaven.
Greg Long Ascends Mavericks Contest Throne.

In science:

If this ascending series reaches G, we say that G is p-solvable and we define ℓp (G) (the p-length of G) to be the number factors of the p-series that are p-groups.
Finite solvable groups whose Quillen complex is Cohen-Macaulay
Assuming the contrary, let J = {kn}n∈N be such that µJ = {µkn }n∈N is an infinite strictly ascending chain in µ(P ).
Topological construction of transseries and introduction to generalized Borel summability
Then peaks in w correspond to local maxima of Mw , valleys correspond to local minima of Mw , ascent-intermediary entries correspond to nodes on ascending slopes of Mw , and descent-intermediary entries correspond to nodes on descending slopes of Mw .
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
M ˜u , the (ascending) slope that first crosses the level a is the place where the entry a is located in ˆw .
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
For unperturbed random walk, the process (ST (x) − x : x ≥ 0) is precisely the “current age” process corresponding to a renewal process in which the increments are governed by the strictly ascending ladder height of (Sn : n ≥ 0) under P∗ .
Tail asymptotics for the maximum of perturbed random walk