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ASCENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ascent mean? 

ASCENT (noun)
  The noun ASCENT has 3 senses:

1. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
2. a movement upward
3. the act of changing location in an upward direction

  Familiarity information: ASCENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASCENT (noun)


Sense 1ascent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An upward slope or grade (as in a road)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

acclivity; ascent; climb; upgrade; raise; rise

Context example:

the car couldn't make it up the rise

Hypernyms ("ascent" is a kind of...):

incline; side; slope (an elevated geological formation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ascent"):

uphill (the upward slope of a hill)

Antonym:

descent (a downward slope or bend)


Sense 2ascent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A movement upward

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

rising; ascent; ascension; rise

Context example:

they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon

Hypernyms ("ascent" is a kind of...):

change of location; travel (a movement through space that changes the location of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ascent"):

uplifting (the rise of something)

upheaval; uplift; upthrow; upthrust ((geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building))

takeoff (the initial ascent of an airplane as it becomes airborne)

rapid climb; rapid growth; zoom (a rapid rise)

liftoff (the initial ascent of a rocket from its launching pad)

heave; heaving (an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling))

elevation; lift; raising (the event of something being raised upward)

climb; climbing; mounting (an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.))


Sense 3ascent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of changing location in an upward direction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ascending; rise; ascent; ascension

Hypernyms ("ascent" is a kind of...):

motion; move; movement (the act of changing location from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ascent"):

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)


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