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Definition of the noun ascent

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noun - plural: ascents

  1. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  2. a movement upward
  3. the act of changing location in an upward direction
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of ascent: ascending / ascension / rise
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific words:
      • levitation = the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
      • heaving / heave = the act of lifting something with great effort
      • climb / mount = the act of climbing something
      • soar / zoom = the act of rising upward into the air

Alternative definition of the noun ascent


  1. The act of ascending. A motion upwards.
  2. The way or means by which one ascends.
  3. An eminence, hill, or high place.
  4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade.
  5. [typography] The ascender height in a typeface.


  1. "Ascent" a.k.a. "Kodiyettam" is a 1978 Indian feature film production written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It is in Malayalam. The film notably does not feature any kind of film score.
  2. "Ascent" a.k.a. "The Prophecy 3: The Ascent" is a fantasy horror-thriller film, and the third motion picture in The Prophecy series. Christopher Walken and Steve Hytner reprise their roles as the Archangel Gabriel and the coroner Joseph, respectively. As the war in Heaven and on Earth rages on, Pyriel, the Angel of Genocide, arises with the intention of destroying all humankind; the only one who can stop him is Danyael, a Nephilim born of an angel and a human woman. However, Danyael is unaware of his purpose until he learns it from Gabriel. Gabriel acts as Danyael's guardian while Zophael seeks out Danyael. The fate of humankind hangs in the balance as Danyael sets out to confront Pyriel and fulfill his destiny.


  1. "Ascent" is a novel published in 2007, written by Jed Mercurio. It follows the career of Yevgeni Yeremin, an orphan of Stalingrad, from his days as a MiG-15 pilot in the Korean War, where he becomes a leading ace. However, at the end of the war he crashes in a plane bearing USSR insignia. Although rescued by North Korean troops he is felt to have risked revealing that Soviet aircrew participated in the conflict and on cessation of hostilities he is exiled in disgrace to a polar base. He has been befriended by one of his groundcrew, who follows him north, and he eventually marries her. He becomes a trainee cosmonaut, with little hope of a mission; he eventually volunteers for a risky mission to attempt a lunar landing ahead of Apollo 11, in an untested lunar craft. He knows that if he fails, his death will lead to little comment, and be denied by the USSR. He succeeds in achieving a landing, on the dark side of the Moon, but the lander rocket has malfunctioned, leaving him no hope of return. The novel ends with his descending from the doomed craft to walk on the lunar surface, as the lights in the stranded craft gradually go out.
    • genre: Science Fiction
  2. "Ascent" is a book by Laurence Leamer.
    • also known as "Ascent: the spiritual and physical quest of Willi Unsoeld"
    • genres: Biography, Travel
    • subjects: Mountaineering, Recreation, Geography, Sports, Adventure, United States of America, Outdoor recreation


  1. "Ascent" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Ascent" is a musical album of Six Organs of Admittance.
    • released on
  3. "Ascent" is a composition.
  4. "Ascent" is a composition.
  5. "Ascent" is a musical album of Jeremy Woolhouse.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  6. "Ascent" is a musical EP of Guiding Light Demise.


  1. ascent is an independent, not-for-profit magazine published quarterly that explores the intersection of spiritual values with social and political issues, art, culture and contemporary thought. ascent also publishes a website, a blog, books, and holds an annual retreat at Yasodhara Ashram. The tag line for the magazine is “Yoga for an inspired life”. Its offices are based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  2. Ascent is an American literary magazine that publishes stories, poems, and essays, many of which are later reprinted in annual anthologies. The journal is based at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ascent

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Google previewThe Western Alps (1898)

by John Ball, William Augustus Brevoort Coolidge

The ascent is a very easy snow walk, and is most strongly recommended to those who do not wish to undergo a great amount of exertion. The view far away to the S. is most marvellous, while most of the Dauphine peaks are included in the ...

Google previewHart Crane and Allen Tate (2017)

Janus-Faced Modernism by Langdon Hammer

The gull's spiral ascent is an act of “building,” but also “shedding,” because the bird climbs up by throwing down the “white rings” of...

Google previewJesus Christ, Eternal God (2011)

Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter by Stephen H. Webb

Spiritual ascent is an intellectual, not ritual, ...

Google previewEmergency War Surgery (2012)

The Survivalist's Medical Desk Reference by United States. Department of the Army

◊ Combination of both staged and graded ascent is the safest and most effective prevention method. ♢ ♢ Diet: High carbohydrate diet (< 70% of total 29.25 Environmental Injuries.



About half way up the ascent is a ruined monastery, built, as the monks tell us, on the spot where our Saviour wept over Jerusalem. From this point, the spectator enjoys, perhaps, the best view of the Holy City. On reaching the summit, ...

Google previewCutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 (2011)

by Ken Siri, Tony Lyons Ascent is a private, non-profit school for children diagnosed with autism and atypical pervasive developmental disorders. It provides a full day, 12 month academic and behavioral treatment program to preschool and ...

Google previewDictionary of Christian Spirituality (2016)

For underlying Platonic ascent is escape: contemplation of the higher world of ideas promises salvation from the present “world of appearances” of which ignorance, not sin, is the basic human predicament. For this reason, Protestants have ...

Google previewDictionary of New Testament Background (2010)

A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship by Craig A. Evans, Stanley E. Porter, Jr.

*Cicero's Somnium Scipionis regards ascent to the stars as the destiny of the good soul after death (Cicero De Rep.

In Jewish sources, it is often difficult to ascertain whether an ascent text is the product of mystical experience, exegetical ...

Google previewThe Climbing Dictionary (2011)

Mountaineering Slang, Terms, Neologisms & Lingo: An Illustrated Reference by Matt Samet

FIrst ascent (Fa) France, climbers began wearing PAs (Pierre Allains), sneakerish friction shoes that remained globally popular through the 1970s. An early smooth -soled rock shoe (with rands, for jamming) was the French-made Super Gratton ...

Google previewThe Nietzsche Dictionary (2014)

by Douglas Burnham

ascent. The symbols of height and ascending play an important role in N, understandably associated with for example mountains, birds, lightness (as opposed to heaviness), the sky (e.g. astronomical references), cold and overcoming.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2001)

The dual ascent method is now to increase aj in small steps, so that Wj(a) and w"( a) increase. The increase of a certain aj is bounded by the closest breakpoint, induced by the dual constraints of either set 1 (corresponding to enabling or ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

ASCENT IO NAL difference, is the difference between the right and ...

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Small photo of A rock climber on a rock. The girl is making an ascent. Sports in nature. Active lifestyle and fitness outdoors. An extreme hobby. Hardy woman.Small photo of A rock climber on a rock. The girl is making an ascent. Sports in nature. Active lifestyle and fitness outdoors. An extreme hobby. Hardy woman.Small photo of Sun through pine trees as chairlift ascent at Italian ski area covered in snow - winter sports conceptSmall photo of Ascent to the Peak of Communism (Somoni) is 7,495 m, climbers climb along a snowy slope high mountain among clouds and fog, Pamir, Tajikistan, 1970 film photo.Small photo of A rock climber on a rock. The girl is making an ascent. Sports in nature. Active lifestyle and fitness outdoors. An extreme hobby. Hardy woman.Small photo of A rock climber on a rock. The girl is making an ascent. Sports in nature. Active lifestyle and fitness outdoors. An extreme hobby. Hardy woman.Small photo of A rock climber on a rock. The girl is making an ascent. Sports in nature. Active lifestyle and fitness outdoors. An extreme hobby. Hardy woman. More...

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Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play. (Eric Hoffer)
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Scrabble value of A1S1C3E1N1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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