Meaning of ASCENT in English


/euh sent"/ , n.

1. an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon.

2. movement upward from a lower to a higher state, degree, grade, or status; advancement: His ascent to the governorship came after a long political career.

3. the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.

4. the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.

5. a movement or return toward a source or beginning.

6. the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.

[ 1590-1600; deriv. of ASCEND, on the model of DESCENT ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .