an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon.
movement upward from a lower to a higher state, degree, grade, or status; advancement: His ascent to the governorship came after a long political career.
the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.
the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.

1590–1600; derivative of ascend, on the model of descent

reascent, noun

ascent, assent, consent. Unabridged
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ascent (əˈsɛnt)
1.  the act of ascending; climb or upward movement: the ascent of hot gases
2.  an upward slope; incline or gradient
3.  movement back through time, as in tracing of earlier generations (esp in the phrase line of ascent)

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Word Origin & History

1610s, "action of ascending," from ascend on model of descent; "climbing" sense is from 1753.
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Example sentences
During ascent, the diver stops at 150 feet and turns a valve to dump the helium
  he has been breathing.
We all know the formula: 10 pounds of extra weight on a 5 percent grade slows
  your ascent by half a mile an hour.
Until now scientists have theorized that tool making and meat eating set the
  conditions for the ascent of man.
We clipped our ropes onto a cable and began the ascent, a mixture of hiking and
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