Pronunciation: (u-sent'),[key] —n. 1. an act of ascending; upward movement; a rising movement: the ascent of a balloon. 2. movement upward from a lower to a higher state, degree, grade, or status; advancement: His ascent to the governorship came after a long political career. 3. the act of climbing or traveling up: Three climbers attempted the ascent of Mount Rainier. 4. the way or means of ascending; upward slope; acclivity.
5. a movement or return toward a source or beginning.
6. the degree of inclination; gradient: a steep ascent.