from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Moving, going, or growing upward: an ascending minor scale.
  • adj. Moving or progressing toward a higher level or degree: an ascending order of difficulty.
  • adj. Botany Growing or directing upward from a curved or slanted base, as certain plant stems.

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  • v. Present participle of ascend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rising; moving upward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proceeding from a lower position to a higher; rising; moving upward; figuratively, proceeding from the less to the greater; proceeding from a later to an earlier time; rising from grave to acute.
  • In botany, growing upward, as the stem of a plant, which is called the ascending axis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of changing location in an upward direction
  • adj. moving or going or growing upward


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