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1. The act or process of ascending; ascent.
2. Astronomy The rising of a star above the horizon.
3. Ascension
a. In Christianity, the bodily rising of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection.
b. A feast celebrating this event, observed on Ascension Day.

[Middle English ascensioun, from Old French ascention, from Latin ascēnsiō, ascēnsiōn-, from ascēnsus, past participle of ascendere, to ascend; see ascend.]

as·cen′sion·al adj.
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Adj.1.ascensional - tending to riseascensional - tending to rise