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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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The doctor, according to very accurate calculations, found that, including the articles indispensable to his journey and his apparatus, he should have to carry a weight of 4,000 pounds; therefore he had to find out what would be the ascensional force of a balloon capable of raising such a weight, and, consequently, what would be its capacity.
By giving the balloon these cubic dimensions, and filling it with hydrogen gas, instead of common air--the former being fourteen and a half times lighter and weighing therefore only two hundred and seventy-six pounds--a difference of three thousand seven hundred and twenty-four pounds in equilibrium is produced; and it is this difference between the weight of the gas contained in the balloon and the weight of the surrounding atmosphere that constitutes the ascensional force of the former.
But the management of two balloons would, necessarily, be very difficult, in view of the problem how to keep them both at an equal ascensional force.
En la medida en que la Iglesia se ha dejado inspirar por ese impulso ascensional y jerarquizante del espiritu, estableciendo y consolidando de un modo unitario su doctrina dogmatica como un sistema de conceptos e imagenes dotado de la autoridad de la revelacion, el alma cristiana, de por si plural, dispersa e igualitaria, se va quedando sin espacio propio en el que expresarse.
El nombre propio, perteneciente a su companera Elbia Rosbaco, es estructura animica de la representacion del ideal femenino en su mision unitiva; al idealizar a la mujer formula un arquetipo para la via ascensional del conocimiento (Coulson 32).
(9) "Criticando Duhring, [...] Engels disse: 'E, certamente, a linha hegeliana das porcoes de medida na qual o simples aumento ou a simples diminuicao quantitativa determinam, ao chegar a um determinado ponto, um salto qualitativo'"; "O metodo dialetico entende que os processos de desenvolvimento nao se devem conceber como movimentos circulares, como uma simples repeticao do caminho ja percorrido, mas como movimentos progressivos, como movimentos em linha ascensional, como a transicao do velho estado qualitativo a um novo estado qualitativo, como a evolucao do simples para o complexo, do inferior para o superior" (STALIN, 1945, p.