What does ascent mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ascent, acclivity, rise, raise, climb, upgradenoun

    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

    "the car couldn't make it up the rise"

  2. rise, rising, ascent, ascensionnoun

    a movement upward

    "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"

  3. rise, ascent, ascension, ascendingnoun

    the act of changing location in an upward direction


  1. ascentnoun

    The act of ascending. A motion upwards.

    He made a tedious ascent of Mont Blanc.

  2. ascentnoun

    The way or means by which one ascends.

    There is a difficult northern ascent from Malaucene of Mont Ventoux.

  3. ascentnoun

    An eminence, hill, or high place.

  4. ascentnoun

    The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.

    The road has an ascent of 5 degrees.

  5. ascentnoun

    The ascender height in a typeface.

  6. ascentnoun

    An increase, for example in popularity or hierarchy

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ascentnoun

    Etymology: ascensus, Lat.

    To him with swift ascent he up return’d,
    Into his blissful bosom reassum’d
    In glory, as of old. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    The temple, and the several degrees of ascent, whereby men did climb up to the same, as if it had been a scala cœli, be all poetical and fabulous. Francis Bacon, New Atlant.

    It was a rock
    Conspicuous far; winding with one ascent
    Accessible from earth, one ent’rance high. Par. Lost, b. iv.

    No land like Italy erects the sight,
    By such a vast ascent, or swells to such a height. Addison.

    A wide flat cannot be pleasant in the Elysian fields, unless it be diversified with depressed valleys and swelling ascents. Richard Bentley.


  1. ascent

    Ascent generally refers to the act of rising or moving upward, climbing, or increasing. It can also denote advancement or progress in various fields such as a successful career ascent. Additionally, it might refer to the upward course of a path or route, or the process of ascending in mountaineering.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascent

    the act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward; as, he made a tedious ascent; the ascent of vapors from the earth

  2. Ascent

    the way or means by which one ascends

  3. Ascent

    an eminence, hill, or high place

  4. Ascent

    the degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade; as, a road has an ascent of five degrees

  5. Etymology: [Formed like descent, as if from a F. ascente, fr. a verb ascendre, fr. L. ascendere. See Ascend, Descent.]


  1. Ascent

    Ascent is a novel published in 2007, written by Jed Mercurio. It follows the career of Yevgeni Yeremin, an orphan of Stalingrad, from his days as a MiG-15 pilot in the Korean War, where he becomes a leading ace. However, at the end of the war he crashes in a plane bearing USSR insignia. Although rescued by North Korean troops he is felt to have risked revealing that Soviet aircrew participated in the conflict and on cessation of hostilities he is exiled in disgrace to a polar base. He has been befriended by one of his groundcrew, who follows him north, and he eventually marries her. He becomes a trainee cosmonaut, with little hope of a mission; he eventually volunteers for a risky mission to attempt a lunar landing ahead of Apollo 11, in an untested lunar craft. He knows that if he fails, his death will lead to little comment, and be denied by the USSR. He succeeds in achieving a landing, on the dark side of the Moon, but the lander rocket has malfunctioned, leaving him no hope of return. The novel ends with his descending from the doomed craft to walk on the lunar surface, as the lights in the stranded craft gradually go out. The novel was serialised in 10 episodes in the BBC's Book at Bedtime in August 2007.

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  1. enacts

  2. secant

  3. stance

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ascent in a Sentence

  1. Nikos Kazantzakis:

    What, then is our duty It is to carefully distinguish the historic moment in which we live and to consciously assign our small energies to a specific battlefield. The more we are in phase with the current which leads the way, the more we aid man in his difficult, uncertain, danger-fraught ascent toward salvation.

  2. Publilius Syrus:

    Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.

  3. Geraint Thomas:

    I'm fine but it's just frustrating as the crash happened at a key point in the race, i caught up for the final ascent, was moving up a bit and by the time I got to the top 15-20, that's when Alaphilippe and Pinot attacked over the top to take the bonus seconds and I was gassed for a bit. Geraint Thomas had Geraint Thomas team mate Michal Kwiatkowski to thank for Michal Kwiatkowski recovery.

  4. Paul Dergarabedian:

    ' Endgame' has literally sprinted to heights that were once unthinkable, the only thing that could slow its ascent is the onslaught of notable summer blockbusters hitting theaters in coming weeks starting with' Pokémon : Detective Pikachu' next weekend.

  5. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

    Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world... life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence, of that very doubling back upon himself becomes in a flash able to raise himself to a new sphere.

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