• WordNet 3.6
    • n ascendency 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 Ascendency Governing or controlling influence; the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; domination; power. "An undisputed ascendency .""Custom has an ascendency over the understanding."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ascendency controlling influence—also Ascend′ancy, Ascend′ance, Ascend′ence (rare)
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ascensioascendĕre.


In literature:

K'uei ascended to Heaven and became arbiter of the destinies of men of letters.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Ysiaslaf re-ascended the throne, having been absent ten months.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Ascending a flight of stone steps, they came to a low door.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The spray ascending from it, like the steam of a huge cauldron, wetted the travellers completely.
"Journal of a Voyage from Okkak, on the Coast of Labrador, to Ungava Bay, Westward of Cape Chudleigh" by Benjamin Kohlmeister and George Kmoch
Then Yudhishthira ascending to heaven felt much pain.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And Nakula ascended the tree, and deposited on it the bows and the other weapons.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The other powers of Europe began to look with alarm upon the vast ascendency which Charles V. was attaining over Europe.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Charles ascended, and the soldiers presented arms.
"A Voyage in a Balloon (1852)" by Jules Verne
Its highest peaks, like those of Zagros, ascend considerably above the snow-line.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
The hill we ascended was rocky and barren.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough

In poetry:

And sleepy clock-hands laze away
The clockface wearily ascending.
Eternal, endless is the day,
And the embrace is never-ending.
"Unique Days" by Boris Pasternak
O spirit, blood and bone
Whose deepening voices cry
She is mine own, mine own,
Though earth and all the ascendant spheres deny:
"De Profundis" by Clark Ashton Smith
But hark! what piercing cry
E'en now to heaven ascends ?
They lift their hopeless hands on high,
While fear their bosoms rends.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
In charity and penitence,
Thy sin will be forgiven: —
Pilgrim, the heart is the true shrine,
Whence prayers ascend to Heaven.
"The Pilgrim" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Thy dear ones all around thee now,
Are bent in tearful prayer;
Their grateful words ascend to Him
Who brought them safely there.
"Eliza In Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Who is it, with age-vanquished form,
Treads death's ascending path;
Yet stronger than the fiery storm
Of tyrants in their wrath?
"The Poet's Mission" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Hondo performed a high dive off the top rung of the Bettor's Guide ladder last week as he went 7-7 to fall four games behind Rico, who ascended to the top perch with an astounding 13-1 mark.
West Hurricane Deck Loop Backpack Mileage: 17.2 miles (2.5 of them ascending) Suggested time: two long days (or three, if you want a layover day at Manzana Schoolhouse).
Jim Rogers sees an America in decline, and his solution has been to immerse himself in the countries and cultures that are ascendant.
President Barack Obama used his inaugural address to stake out a new moral high ground for America in the eyes of the world and to parlay his ascendance as America's first black president into a call for ethnic and religious unity.
When founder Kevin Arnold started the festival in 1993 -- as a single night of five bands at the old Kennel Club -- scruffy indie-rock music was in ascendance.
Noticed an unauthorized man ascending a staircase to one of the company's kilns .
The second half ascends in peals of laughter and inspiring reconciliation.
I leaned against the old church doors and studied the people ascending the steps.
So here are a few circumlocutions, or wordy phrases, that seem particularly ascendant.
Kevin Mahogany is a singer in definite ascendance.
11.6 mostly level miles round-trip, ascending at the end approaching Manzana Camp for two overnights.
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.
Nantahala Outdoor Center ascends from a meager outpost to river prodigy.
China's 19-member mountaineering team ascends world's highest peak.

In science:

The total suffix length of descending compositions is much greater than that of ascending compositions, because in many descending composition the suffix consists of the sequence of 1s; and we known that the total number of 1s in all partitions of n is Pn−1 x=1 p(x).
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
Although not strictly relevant to our analyses of ascending and descending composition generation algorithms, another result follows directly from the analysis of Algorithm 3.1.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
Therefore, we know that the sum of µ values over all ascending compositions of n (except the last composition, hni), must equal the number of write operations made in the inner loop.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
Figure 1: Read and write tapes for the direct implementations of succession rules to generate ascending and descending compositions.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
On the left we have the read and write tapes for the ascending composition generator, Algorithm 3.1; on the right, then, are the corresponding tapes for the descending composition generator, Algorithm 3.2.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings