n. The act of rising or ascending; upward movement: as, the ascent of vapors, or of a balloon.n. Hence A rising from a lower to a higher state, degree, or grade; advancement.n. The act of climbing or traveling up; the act of advancing from a lower to a higher position; a going up, as up a mountain, river, stairway, etc.n. An eminence; a hill or high place.n. The way by which one ascends; the means of ascending; acclivity; upward slope.n. The angle made by an ascending line or surface with the horizontal line or plane: as, the road has an ascent of five degrees.n. A proceeding upward or backward in time or in logical order of succession.