To be in the ascendant, to have commanding power or influence, and Lord of the ascendant, one who has possession of such power or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the ascendant. Burke.

3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another.

Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a parent.

4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; — opposed to descendant. Ayliffe.

(As*cend"ant As*cend"ent) a.

1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.

The constellation . . . about that time ascendant.

2. Rising; ascending. Ruskin.

1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; — opposed to descend.

Higher yet that star ascends.

I ascend unto my father and your father.
John xx. 17.

Formerly used with up.

The smoke of it ascended up to heaven.

2. To rise, in a figurative sense; to proceed from an inferior to a superior degree, from mean to noble objects, from particulars to generals, from modern to ancient times, from one note to another more acute, etc.; as, our inquiries ascend to the remotest antiquity; to ascend to our first progenitor.

Syn. — To rise; mount; climb; scale; soar; tower.

(As*cend"), v. t. To go or move upward upon or along; to climb; to mount; to go up the top of; as, to ascend a hill, a ladder, a tree, a river, a throne.

(As*cend"a*ble) a. Capable of being ascended.

(As*cend"an*cy As*cend"ance) n. Same as Ascendency.

(As*cend"ant) n. [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr. of ascendere.]

1. Ascent; height; elevation. [R.]

Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant.

2. (Astrol.) The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a person's life and fortune.

Hence the phrases

  By PanEris using Melati.

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