As·cend·ing, a. Rising; moving upward; as, an ascending kite. -- As*cend*ing*ly, adv.
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 v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ascended; p. pr. & vb. n. Ascending.]
1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; -- opposed to descend.
Higher yet that star ascends. --Bowring.
I ascend unto my father and your father. --John xx. 17.
Note: Formerly used with up.
The smoke of it ascended up to heaven. --Addison.
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.
adj : moving or going or growing upward; "the ascending plane";
"the ascending staircase"; "the ascending stems of
chickweed" [syn: ascending(a)] [ant: descending(a)]
n : the act of changing location in an upward direction [syn: rise,