ascents

ascent

[uh-sent]
noun
1.
an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon.
2.
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.
3.
the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier.
4.
the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
5.
a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
6.
the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.

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

reascent, noun

ascent, assent, consent.
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ascent (əˈsɛnt)
 
n
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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ascent
1610s, "action of ascending," from ascend on model of descent; "climbing" sense is from 1753.
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