3. Superior; surpassing; ruling.
An ascendant spirit over him.
The ascendant community obtained a surplus of wealth.
J. S. Mill.
Without some power of persuading or confuting, of defending himself against accusations, . . . no man
could possibly hold an ascendent position.
(As*cend"en*cy) n. Governing or controlling influence; domination; power.
An undisputed ascendency.
Custom has an ascendency over the understanding.
Syn. Control; authority; influence; sway; dominion; prevalence; domination.
(As*cend"i*ble) a. [L. ascendibilis.] Capable of being ascended; climbable.
Ascending latitude (Astron.), the increasing latitude of a planet. Ferguson. Ascending line
(Geneol.), the line of relationship traced backward or through one's ancestors. One's father and mother,
grandfather and grandmother, etc., are in the line direct ascending. Ascending node having, that
node of the moon or a planet wherein it passes the ecliptic to proceed northward. It is also called the
northern node. Herschel. Ascending series. (Math.) (a) A series arranged according to the
ascending powers of a quantity. (b) A series in which each term is greater than the preceding. Ascending
signs, signs east of the meridian.
(As*cend"ing), a. Rising; moving upward; as, an ascending kite. As*cend"ing*ly, adv.
(As*cen"sion), n. [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr. ascendere. See Ascend.]
1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (Acts i. 9.) Also,
3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation.
Vaporous ascensions from the stomach. Ascension Day, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the day on which commemorated our Savior's
ascension into heaven after his resurrection; called also Holy Thursday. Right ascension (Astron.),
that degree of the equinoctial, counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a star, or
other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of
Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the meridian with the star; expressed either in degrees
or in time. Oblique ascension (Astron.), an arc of the equator, intercepted between the first point
of Aries and that point of the equator which rises together with a star, in an oblique sphere; or the arc of
the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the
horizon with a star. It is little used in modern astronomy.
Sir T. Browne.
Ascensional difference (Astron.), the difference between oblique and right ascension; used chiefly
as expressing the difference between the time of the rising or setting of a body and six o'clock, or six
hours from its meridian passage.
(As*cen"sion*al) a. Relating to ascension; connected with ascent; ascensive; tending upward; as,
the ascensional power of a balloon.
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