ascent vs descent

ascent

Definitions

noun

  1. the act of changing location in an upward direction
  2. an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  3. a movement upward

Examples

This nascent bleach can also react with primary or secondary amines to form longer lasting, antimicrobial chloramines.

At the end of an hour, the ascent becoming every moment more abrupt, we had passed the belt of trees and bushes, and reached the smooth and scoriaceous cone, which, during the rainy season, appears from the bay to be covered with a velvety mantle of green.

While the generally liberal-leaning U.S. foreign policy establishment was quick to equate Obama's ascent to the presidency with a "new area of international engagement," the realities of realpolitilk has not only forced the President into a "straightjacket" with limited policy options vis-à-vis Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

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descent

Definitions

noun

  1. the act of changing your location in a downward direction
  2. a movement downward
  3. the descendants of one individual
  4. the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
  5. a downward slope or bend
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Examples

You see that you're undershooting and so, leaving the throttle as is, you attempt to flatten your descent path by lifting the nose a bit - and you enter the region of reverse command.

I got off it and he was incandescent with rage, much of which was to impress the owners.

The difference in turn-on time would generally not be noticeable for standard household incandescent bulbs, since they turn on very quickly.

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