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 for ascent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ascent \As*cent"\ [Formed like descent, as if from a F. ascente,
     fr. a verb ascendre, fr. L. ascendere. See Ascend,
     Descent.]
     1. The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward;
        as, he made a tedious ascent; the ascent of vapors from
        the earth.
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              To him with swift ascent he up returned. --Milton.
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     2. The way or means by which one ascends.
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     3. An eminence, hill, or high place. --Addison.
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     4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it
        makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade;
        as, a road has an ascent of five degrees.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ascent
      n 1: an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't
           make it up the rise" [syn: ascent, acclivity, rise,
           raise, climb, upgrade] [ant: declension,
           declination, decline, declivity, descent,
           downslope, fall]
      2: a movement upward; "they cheered the rise of the hot-air
         balloon" [syn: rise, rising, ascent, ascension] [ant:
         fall]
      3: the act of changing location in an upward direction [syn:
         rise, ascent, ascension, ascending]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  189 Moby Thesaurus words for "ascent":
     Brownian movement, Great Leap Forward, abruptness, access,
     accession, acclivity, accretion, accrual, accruement, accumulation,
     addition, advance, advancement, aggrandizement, airiness,
     amelioration, amendment, amplification, angular motion, apotheosis,
     appreciation, ascending, ascension, assumption, augmentation,
     axial motion, backflowing, backing, backward motion, ballooning,
     beatification, bettering, betterment, bloating, boom, boost,
     broadening, bubbliness, buildup, buoyancy, canonization, career,
     climb, climbing, course, crescendo, current, daintiness,
     deification, delicacy, descending, descent, development, downiness,
     downward motion, drift, driftage, ebbing, edema, elevation,
     enhancement, enlargement, enrichment, enshrinement, erection,
     escalation, ethereality, eugenics, euthenics, exaltation,
     expansion, extension, flight, floatability, flood, flow,
     fluffiness, flux, foaminess, forward motion, frothiness,
     furtherance, gain, gentleness, gossameriness, greatening, growth,
     gush, headway, height, hike, improvement, increase, increment,
     inflation, jump, lack of weight, leap, levitation, levity, lift,
     lifting, lightness, melioration, mend, mending, mounting,
     multiplication, oblique motion, ongoing, onrush, passage, pickup,
     plunging, precipitousness, preferment, productiveness, progress,
     progression, proliferation, promotion, radial motion, raise,
     raising, random motion, rearing, recovery, reflowing, refluence,
     reflux, regression, restoration, retrogression, revival, rise,
     rising, rising ground, run, rush, set, sideward motion, sinking,
     snowballing, soaring, softness, spread, steepness, sternway,
     stream, subsiding, surge, sursum corda, swelling, tenderness,
     traject, trajet, trend, tumescence, unheaviness, up, upbeat,
     upbuoying, upcast, upclimb, upgo, upgrade, upheaval, uphill,
     uplift, uplifting, upping, uprearing, uprise, uprising, upsurge,
     upswing, upthrow, upthrust, uptrend, upturn, upward mobility,
     upward motion, verticalness, vise, volatility, waxing,
     weightlessness, widening, yeastiness
  
  

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