What does ascension mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term ascension:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ascension, Ascension Day, Ascension of the Lord(noun)

    (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter

  2. rise, rising, ascent, ascension(noun)

    a movement upward

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

  3. Ascension, Ascension of Christ(noun)

    (New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection

  4. ascension(noun)

    (astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon

  5. rise, ascent, ascension, ascending(noun)

    the act of changing location in an upward direction


  1. ascension(Noun)

    The act of ascending; an ascent

    He made an ascension in the balloon to get a better view.

  2. Ascension(ProperNoun)

    entering heaven while still alive

  3. Ascension(ProperNoun)

    specifically, the believed entry of Jesus Christ into heaven after his resurrection.

  4. Ascension(ProperNoun)

    a holiday celebrating the Ascension of Jesus, 40 days after Easter.

  5. Origin: From ascensio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascension(noun)

    the act of ascending; a rising; ascent

  2. Ascension(noun)

    specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (Acts i. 9.) Also, Ascension Day

  3. Ascension(noun)

    an ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation

  4. Origin: [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr. ascendere. See Ascend.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ascension

    as-sen′shun, n. a rising or going up.—adjs. Ascend′ant, -ent, superior: above the horizon.—n. superiority: (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: (rare) an ancestor.—n. Ascend′ency, controlling influence—also Ascend′ancy, Ascend′ance, Ascend′ence (rare).—adj. Ascen′sional, relating to ascension.—n. Ascen′sion-day, the festival held on Holy Thursday, ten days before Whitsunday, to commemorate Christ's ascension to heaven.—adj. Ascen′sive, rising: causing to rise.—n. Ascent′, act of ascending: upward movement, as of a balloon: way of ascending: degree of elevation or advancement: slope or gradient: a flight of steps.—Line of ascent, ancestry.—Right ascension (astron.), the name applied to one of the arcs which determine the position relatively to the equator of a heavenly body on the celestial sphere, the other being the declinator. [L. ascensioascendĕre.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ascension

    a bare volcanic island in the Atlantic, rising to nearly 3000 ft., belonging to Britain, 500 m. NW. of St. Helena, and 900 m. from the coast of Africa; a coaling and victualling station for the navy.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ascension

    The act of mounting or rising upwards. (See RIGHT ASCENSION.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascension in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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