• WordNet 3.6
    • n ascension the act of changing location in an upward direction
    • n ascension (astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon
    • n Ascension (New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection
    • n ascension a movement upward "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"
    • n Ascension (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ascension An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation. "Vaporous ascensions from the stomach."
    • Ascension Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (Acts i. 9.) Also, Ascension Day.
    • Ascension The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ascension The act of ascending; a rising; specifically, the bodily passing from earth to heaven of Christ, in the presence of his disciples (Mark xvi. 19; Luke xxiv. 50, 51; Acts i. 1–11).
    • n ascension [capitalized] The day on which the ascension of Christ is commemorated in the church; Ascension day.
    • n ascension That which rises or ascends; a fume.
    • n ascension In astronomy, the rising of a star or point above the horizon on the celestial sphere.
    • n ascension A going back in time, or in the order of genealogical succession; ascent.
    • n ascension In mod. astron., the right ascension of a star or point of the sphere is the arc of the equator intercepted between its circle of declination and the vernal equinox or first point of Aries, reckoned toward the east. This meaning is derived from the conception of an observer at a point on the earth's equator where all the stars rise vertically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ascension as-sen′shun a rising or going up
    • n Ascension superiority: :
    • n Ascension (astrol.) the part of the ecliptic rising above the horizon at the time of one's birth; it was supposed to have commanding influence over the person's life, hence the phrase, 'in the ascendant:' superiority or great influence
    • n Ascension (rare) an ancestor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr. ascendere,. See Ascend


In literature:

The four greater Festivals are Christmas, Easter, Ascension, and Whitsunday.
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
But life and consciousness are this very ascension.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Right ascension: zero hours, thirteen minutes.
"Next Door, Next World" by Robert Donald Locke
On the 7th we made the Island of Ascension, S. Lat.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Whether, in this ever-memorable walk to the place of Ascension, the Adorable Redeemer visited the village of Bethany, we cannot tell.
"Memories of Bethany" by John Ross Macduff
That is imaged in the doctrine of the Ascension, so far as the individual is concerned.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
The Holy Spirit was poured out as the fruit of Resurrection and Ascension.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
A week after Ascension Day.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
The Senator was an admirable substitute; Dick Slade's glorious ascension was accomplished.
"The Mother" by Norman Duncan
The next day was Ascension Day, and it was passed by Jeanne in prayer.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various

In poetry:

Lord Jesus, as a little child,
Upon some high ascension day
When a great people goes to pay
Allegiance, and the tumult wild
"In War-Time: An Aspiration Of The Spirit" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
'Twas after church — on Ascension day —
When organs ceased to sound,
Wiesbaden's people crowded gay
The deer park's pleasant ground.
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
Till then let Cumming blaze away,
And Miller's saints blow up the globe;
But when you see that blessed day,
Then order your ascension robe.
"Latter-Day Warnings" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Her soul from earth to Heaven lies,
Like the ladder of the vision,
Whereon go
To and fro,
In ascension and demission,
Star-flecked feet of Paradise.
"Scala Jacobi Portaque Eburnea" by Francis Thompson
So came there one commissioned by this place —
Commissioned from the Lord's Ascension hour
By the unbroken lineage of grace
And heritage of power —
"A Sick-Bed Confirmation " by Samuel John Stone
"I sleep in the glow of the jewel,
I wake in the sap of the tree,
I stir in the beast of the forest,
I reason in man, and am free
To turn on the path of Ascension
To the god yet to be.
"He That Hath Ears" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

While the second installment of the double album, The Afterman: Descension, is set to be released on February 5, 2013, the band will release a vinyl album, The Afterman: Ascension (Big Beige Demos ), on November 23 for Record Store Day.
Shirley Neitzel, of Caledonia, a volunteer at Ascension Lutheran Church, and church secretary Judy Magnuson, of Kentwood, repackage diapers.
The National Tequila Party Movement will be performing another exorcism at Ascension Catholic Church regarding Sheriff Joe Arpaio (El Diablo ) who has embraced the culture of death at his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
The celebration, which takes place Saturday through Tuesday, marks the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
Shirley Neitzel, of Caledonia, a volunteer at Ascension Lutheran Church, and church secretary Judy Magnuson, of Kentwood, repackage diapers .
The international interest in President Barack Obama's ascension to the White House has highlighted the conversation about cultural ties within the African Diaspora .
Unlike her counterparts in higher ranges, prepped for ascension, Tabi Rouzzo had only herself.
Three generations of a large family with roots in Ascension Parish contributed to an endowed financial award that will be presented annually to a Northwestern State University student struggling to overcome financial hardship.
Winds cancel ascension, threaten later events.
Reversible diversion project proposed for Ascension, St James Parishes.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said he will bring to the Parish Council next week plans on how to fund traffic projects in unincorporated parts of the parish.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for parts of Jefferson, St John the Baptist, St James, Lafourche and Ascension parishes, including Metairie, Kenner, Hahnville, Reserve and LaPlace, until 3:15 pm today.
Germain was baptized and confirmed at Ascension Catholic Church in Norwood.
But that only hastened Taylor Armstrong's ascension to the throne of Most Watchable Train Wreck.
Winds grounded morning mass ascension.

In science:

Consider first a fixed source location in right ascension and declination: ~xs = (αs , δs ).
Search for Point Sources of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays Above 40 EeV Using a Maximum Likelihood Ratio Test
De Witte recognised that the data was evidence of absolute motion but he was unaware of the Miller experiment and did not realise that the Right Ascension for minimum/maximum propagation time agreed almost exactly with Miller’s direction (α = 5.2hr , δ = −670).
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
The right ascension (RA) and declination (DEC) for the field stars were measured from the Digitized Sky Survey at the Space Telescope Science Institute archive2 and a solution computed to map the pixel positions to the celestial coordinates.
A Light Echo from Type Ia Supernova 1995E?
The significance (p-value) of the likelihood ratio was assessed by repeatedly randomizing the right ascension of each event in the data set to create pure background maps that reproduce any zenith-dependent asymmetries in the detector response, but with any real neutrino sources smeared out across the sky.
Neutrino Astronomy with IceCube
Considering the time of the reconstructed tracks, the local coordinates are translated into equatorial coordinates: right ascension and declination.
Skymap for atmospheric muons at TeV energies measured in deep-sea neutrino telescope ANTARES