• WordNet 3.6
    • n ascender (printing) the part of tall lowercase letters that extends above the other lowercase letters
    • n ascender a lowercase letter that has a part extending above other lowercase letters
    • n ascender someone who ascends
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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 ascender One who ascends.
    • n ascender An ascending letter. See ascending.
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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:

W 11/2 m. S 10 W. 3 m N 50 W 11/2 at the extremity of which I again ascended the bluffs and took a course to a point of the Lard.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Started at 8.30 a.m., and at four miles ascended the highest point of the range.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart
And the same thought ascended from all those hope-inflated souls.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Thou must ascend to heaven.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
It does not ascend by gyrations, like the eagle or birds of prey.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
We found a few fossils on the side of this ridge, as we ascended, which at once induced us to name it, Fossil Head.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
Their acuteness, their ascending form, indicate the weakness, and physical sorrow of man.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
Then he ascended to his own abode.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
It may readily be supposed that Dutch interest, during this period, was in the ascendant.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Now we are obliged to ascend a flight of stairs, now again to descend.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer

In poetry:

MY dearest child, to me draw near,
Unto my precepts lend an ear,
And, all thy life, to them attend,
If thou wou'dst unto God ascend.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
Nay, rather as the morning grows
In flush, and gleam, and kingly ray,
While up the heaven the sun-god goes,
So shall ascend our day.
"O Golden Day! O Silver Night!" by Richard Le Gallienne
And when the smoke ascends on high,
Then thou behold'st the vanity
Of worldly stuff,
Gone with a puff:
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
Thus the eternal Father spake
To Christ the Son: "Ascend and sit
At my right hand, till I shall make
Thy foes submissive at thy feet.
"Psalm 110 part 1" by Isaac Watts
When Christ the judgment-seat ascends,
And bids the world appear,
Thrones are prepared for all his friends
Who humbly loved him here.
"Psalm 149" by Isaac Watts
Now the last, long rays of sunset
To the tree-tops are ascending,
And the ash-gray evening shadows
Weave themselves around the earth.
"The Phantom Vessel" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

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Ascending peak named after the 'hermit of Emerald Bay'.
CampTour'12: Morgan Burnett ascending .
Why young, ascending DBs can't get cocky.
Spending's ascending — with or without a budget sequester.
Nebakaneza's " Ascending into Madness" mix.
Citrus College transfer Albert Cid worked with the first team offensive line Tuesday, ascending the depth chart only one week after his transfer to UCLA was approved.
But musicians sometimes suggest another reason for the clarinet 's sudden demise and the saxophone's ascendency: the saxophone is an easier instrument to master.
Why young, ascending DBs can't get cocky .
Series is back today as Tennessee associate coach of men's and women's swimming and diving Tyler Fenwick replies with his thoughts on young club coaches ascending to the highest spots in college coaching.
Questions of faith in a higher power have fueled dramatic storytelling ever since Abraham first ascended Mount Moriah.
DeMerit 's extraordinary ascendancy in pro soccer has taken him into a prominent role with the national team.
The fall-out from the Iris Robinson scandal might have contributed to her husband's defeat in East Belfast but it failed to break the DUP 's ascendancy in her former constituency of Strangford today.
Ascending Everest was momentous, but his modesty and philanthropy are the more enduring legacy.
When the president of the United States gushes about your work, you know you've ascended to the top of your field.

In science:

Another advantage of using ascending compositions to encode partitions, not mentioned here, is the possibility of developing algorithms to generate a very flexible class of restricted partition.
Generating All Partitions: A Comparison Of Two Encodings
For any random walk Un , define the first descending and ascending ladder epochs as τ+ := min{k > 0 : Uk < 0} and τ− := min{k > 0 : Uk > 0}, respectively, where by definition min
On the probability that integrated random walks stay positive
As a consequence, we shall prove that a left exact radical functor γ is of the form ΓI for an ideal I of R if and only if γ satisfies a kind of ascending chain condition inside the set S(R) (Theorem 5.3).
Abstract local cohomology functors
Finally we shall prove that the functor RΓI is characterized as an element of A(R) which satisfies a kind of ascending chain condition (Theorem 5.4).
Abstract local cohomology functors
The fol lowing conditions are equivalent for γ ∈ S(R). (1) γ = ΓI ,J for a pair of ideals I , J of R. (2) γ = γ1/γ2 for left exact radical functors γ1 ⊆ γ2 , the both of which satisfy the ascending chain condition in Theorem 5.3.
Abstract local cohomology functors