ascension




The word ascension describes the act of rising up through the air. When a plane takes off, it is in ascension, or rising up in the sky.

The noun ascension derives from the Latin word ascendere, meaning “to mound, ascend, go up.” You may have observed the ascension, or rising, of a star above the horizon with your telescope. Watching the ascension of a space shuttle up into the earth’s atmosphere can be a thrilling experience. The ascension of a hot air balloon up into the sky can be a beautiful sight on a summer’s evening.

Definitions of ascension
  1. noun

    a movement upward

    synonyms:
    ascent, rise, rising
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    fall

    a movement downward
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    climb, climbing, mounting

    an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
    elevation, lift, raising

    the event of something being raised upward
    heave, heaving

    an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)
    liftoff

    the initial ascent of a rocket from its launching pad
    rapid climb, rapid growth, zoom

    a rapid rise
    takeoff

    the initial ascent of an airplane as it becomes airborne
    upheaval, uplift, upthrow, upthrust

    (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
    uplifting

    the rise of something
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    change of location, travel

    a movement through space that changes the location of something

  2. noun

    the act of changing location in an upward direction

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    ascending, ascent, rise
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    levitation

    the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
    heave, heaving

    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
    scaling

    ascent by or as if by a ladder
    clamber

    an awkward climb
    mountain climbing, mountaineering

    the activity of climbing a mountain
    rock climbing

    the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
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    motion, move, movement

    the act of changing location from one place to another

  3. noun

    (astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon

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    change of location, travel

    a movement through space that changes the location of something

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