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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Ascent


ASCENT', noun [Latin ascensus.]

1. The act of rising; motion upwards, whether in air, water or other fluid, or on elevated objects; rise; a mounting upwards; as the ascent of vapors from the earth.

2. The way by which one ascends; the means of ascending.

3. An eminence, hill or high place.

4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; as, a road has an ascent of five degrees.

5. Acclivity; the rise of a hill; as a steep ascent