as·cent /əˈsɛnt, æ-/
1. The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward; as, he made a tedious ascent; the ascent of vapors from the earth.
To him with swift ascent he up returned. --Milton.
2. The way or means by which one ascends.
3. An eminence, hill, or high place.
4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade; as, a road has an ascent of five degrees.
n 1: an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't
make it up the rise" [syn: acclivity, rise, raise,
climb, upgrade] [ant: descent]
2: a movement upward; "they cheered the rise of the hot-air
balloon" [syn: rise, rising, ascension] [ant: fall]
3: the act of changing location in an upward direction [syn: rise,