Definitions for: Ascension


[n] the act of changing location in an upward direction
[n] (astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon
[n] (New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his resurrection
[n] a movement upward; "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"
[n] (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter



Webster (1913) Definition: As*cen"sion, n. [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr.
ascendere. See Ascend.]
1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.

2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the
fortieth day after his resurrection. (--Acts i. 9.) Also,
Ascension Day.

3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that
which arises, as from distillation.

Vaporous ascensions from the stomach. --Sir T.
Browne.

Ascension Day, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the
day on which commemorated our Savior's ascension into
heaven after his resurrection; -- called also {Holy
Thursday}.

Right ascension (Astron.), that degree of the equinoctial,
counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a
star, or other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the
arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of
Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the
meridian with the star; -- expressed either in degrees or
in time.

Oblique ascension (Astron.), an arc of the equator,
intercepted between the first point of Aries and that
point of the equator which rises together with a star, in
an oblique sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted
between the first point of Aries and that point of the
equator that comes to the horizon with a star. It is
little used in modern astronomy.

Synonyms: ascending, Ascension Day, Ascension of Christ, Ascension of the Lord, ascent, ascent, rise, rise, rising

Antonyms: fall

See Also: change of location, climb, climb, climbing, elevation, heave, heave, heaving, heaving, holy day of obligation, levitation, lift, liftoff, miracle, motion, mount, mounting, move, movement, raising, rapid climb, rapid growth, soar, takeoff, travel, upheaval, uplift, uplifting, upthrow, upthrust, zoom, zoom

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