Meaning of ASCENT in English


əˈsent also aˈ- noun

( -s )

Etymology: from ascend, after English descend: descent


a. : the act of ascending or rising : a moving or mounting upward

the ascent of vapors from the earth

b. : a going, traveling, or climbing up (as to the top of a hill or the source of a river)

their ascent of the mountain

his ascent of the river in a canoe

c. : the way or means of ascending : an upward slope or rising grade : acclivity

the ascent by which he goes up on to the roof of the house to get in at the window of his workshop — R.F.Kilvert

d. : the degree of elevation or upward slope : inclination , gradient

the road has an ascent of six degrees

2. : a rising or ascending from a lower level or degree : advancement especially in social status, intellectual achievement, or reputation : progress

the ascent from the working class to the middle class — Liam O'Flaherty

the long ages of struggle and ascent — B.N.Cardozo

3. : a going back in time or upward in order of genealogical succession

any person in line of ascent from the claimant to the common ancestor — Morris Ploscowe

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