from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of rising or going upward.
- n. An advancement, especially in social status.
- n. An upward slope or incline.
- n. A going back in time or upward in genealogical succession.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of ascending. A motion upwards.
- n. The way or means by which one ascends.
- n. An eminence, hill, or high place.
- n. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
- n. The ascender height in a typeface.
- n. An increase, for example in popularity or hierarchy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward
- The way or means by which one ascends.
- An eminence, hill, or high place.
- The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rising or ascending; upward movement: as, the ascent of vapors, or of a balloon.
- n. Hence A rising from a lower to a higher state, degree, or grade; advancement.
- n. The act of climbing or traveling up; the act of advancing from a lower to a higher position; a going up, as up a mountain, river, stairway, etc.
- n. An eminence; a hill or high place.
- n. The way by which one ascends; the means of ascending; acclivity; upward slope.
- n. The angle made by an ascending line or surface with the horizontal line or plane: as, the road has an ascent of five degrees.
- n. A proceeding upward or backward in time or in logical order of succession.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a movement upward
- n. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
- n. the act of changing location in an upward direction
Bronowski summarizes a key factor in what he calls the ascent of Man, and one thing to keep in mind here is that he's not talking about some amazing engineering triumph or complex scientific discovery - he's standing before a piece of abstract sculpture.
Energetic and affable, Deacon helped steer Georgetown's ascent from a provincial to national university, building a cross-country network of alumni and recruitment to mirror those of the Ivy League schools.
I think the point has been well made that his ascent is exploration only in a personal sense, so there are few lessons about exploration that pertain to nationally funded space exploration.
The ascent is precipitous, but the path is cut into continual and short windings, which enable you to surmount the perpendicularity of the mountain.
And here are the steps of its ascent from the mud to man: simple reflex action, compound reflex action, memory, habit, rudimentary reason, and abstract reason.
Two hours later, from another thicket, Koolau watched a body of police trying to make the ascent from the opposite side of the valley.
The 5. 5-mile ascent from the valley up to Verbier was the first time that the Tour has visited the ski resort.
The ear-popping ascent from the floor of Silicon Valley winds under moss-covered trees, eventually becoming decidedly too small for two cars to pass.
The ascent is a birdwatcher's delight, too, with chances to see as many as 60 different bird species in a single day!
Whether metaphorically lifted by the machina of aedificatio or elevated by the virtues and colors of architectural ornament, contemplation was characterized as an ascent from the earthly body and was accounted for in physiological terms.