Definition of Ascension

1. Noun. (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter.

Exact synonyms: Ascension Day, Ascension Of The Lord
Category relationships: Christian Religion, Christianity
Generic synonyms: Holy Day Of Obligation

2. Noun. A movement upward. "They cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"

3. Noun. (New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection.
Exact synonyms: Ascension Of Christ
Category relationships: New Testament
Generic synonyms: Miracle

4. Noun. (astronomy) the rising of a star above the horizon.
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Change Of Location, Travel
Derivative terms: Ascend, Ascensional

5. Noun. The act of changing location in an upward direction.
Exact synonyms: Ascending, Ascent, Rise
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Levitation, Heave, Heaving, Climb, Mount, Soar, Zoom
Derivative terms: Ascend, Ascensional, Ascend, Rise, Rise, Rise

Definition of Ascension

1. n. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.

Definition of Ascension

1. Proper noun. (religion) entering heaven while still alive ¹

2. Proper noun. (Christianity) specifically, the believed entry of Jesus Christ into heaven after his resurrection. ¹

3. Proper noun. (Christianity) a holiday celebrating the Ascension of Jesus, 40 days after Easter. ¹

4. Noun. The act of ascending; an ascent ¹

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Definition of Ascension

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Medical Definition of Ascension

1. 1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent. 2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. 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, 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. Origin: F. Ascension, L. Ascensio, fr. Ascendere. See Ascend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ascension

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ascension (current term)

Literary usage of Ascension

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Holy-days and Holidays: A Treasury of Historical Material, Sermons in Full by Edward Mark Deems (1906)
"It is held on the fortieth day after Easter, ten days before Whitsunday, and commemorates the ascension of our Lord into Heaven. ..."

2. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings edited by John Denison Champlin, Charles Callahan Perkins (1887)
"321. ascension (Fr. ascension, Ital. ascensione, Sp. ascension, Ger. ... the ascension to Heaven of Christ after the Entombment (Acts i. 9-11). ..."

3. An Introduction to Astronomy by Forest Ray Moulton (1916)
"(1) Since June 21 is three months after March 21, the right ascension of the sun ... (2) Since the time of day is 8 PM, and the right ascension is counted ..."

4. An exposition of the Creed by John Pearson, Edward Burton (1857)
"Nor is this now at last denied, that he was in heaven before the ascension mentioned in these words, but that he was there before he ascended at all. ..."

5. Dictionary of the Apostolic Church by James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie, John Chisholm Lambert (1915)
"The connexion between the ascension and the gift of the Spirit is also seen from the fact that the last words of Jesus (Ac Ie) were that the disciples ..."

6. A Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke by Frédéric Louis Godet (1889)
"Modern criticism objects to the reality of the ascension as an ... According to the Biblical view, the ascension is not the exchange of one place for ..."

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