- an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon.
- 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.
- the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.
- the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
- a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
- the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.
Origin of ascent
Examples from the Web for ascent
When the young woman is ready to emerge from her weeks in hiding, she attends a ceremony marking her ascent into true womanhood.Facial Tattoos: The Tribal Female Rite in Papua New Guinea
August 11, 2014
You have to take a long-term look at the ascent of something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America.Really, Dr. Carson? Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11?
June 5, 2014
In October 2006, she pioneered the first ascent of Nagpai Gusun, a 7,000-meter peak in the Khumbu region.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
Watching Paar do his last Tonight show was almost like witnessing an ascent into clouds.From Jack to Johnny to Jay: Saying Goodbye to ‘Tonight’
February 7, 2014
I hope that my spirits and emotions will join them in this ascent.After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace
June 26, 2013
For hours it seemed that every ascent, every descent, must mark the end.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They were near the crown of the ascent, and he could carry her as far as that!Salted With Fire
The descent was as laborious as the ascent had been, and much more dangerous.The Night Riders
The ascent was perilous at any hour to any foot save that of a mountaineer.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
There appeared to be no ascent the one way or the other, and no slope on either side.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
- the act of ascending; climb or upward movementthe ascent of hot gases
- an upward slope; incline or gradient
- movement back through time, as in tracing of earlier generations (esp in the phrase line of ascent)
Word Origin and History for ascent
c.1610, "action of ascending," from ascend on model of descend/descent; "climbing" sense is from 1753.