If something is ascending, it's rising or moving up. At a hot air balloon race, you'll see dozens of ascending balloons.

An ascending road appears to rise in front of you as it curves up over a hill, and an ascending bird flies up into the sky. To ascend is to rise, and the adjective ascending describes a rising or growing thing. You can also use it figuratively: "She's an ascending queen, rising to the throne after the death of her father." In Latin, ascendere, "to climb up," and also "to rise" or "to reach."

Definitions of ascending
  1. noun
    the act of changing location in an upward direction
    synonyms: ascension, ascent, rise
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    the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
    heave, heaving
    the act of lifting something with great effort
    climb, mount
    the act of climbing something
    soar, zoom
    the act of rising upward into the air
    ascent by or as if by a ladder
    an awkward climb
    mountain climbing, mountaineering
    the activity of climbing a mountain
    rock climbing
    the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. adjective
    moving or going or growing upward
    “the ascending plane”
    “the ascending staircase”
    “the ascending stems of chickweed”
    acclivitous, rising, uphill
    sloping upward
    ascendant, ascendent, ascensive
    tending or directed upward
    growing or extending upward
    rising from the sea
    used especially of plants; having a tendency to climb
    moving upward or along at a considerable height
    up, upward
    extending or moving toward a higher place
    being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level
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    coming down or downward
    declivitous, downhill, downward-sloping
    sloping down rather steeply
    going down by steps
    descendant, descendent
    going or coming down
    down, downward
    extending or moving from a higher to a lower place
    curving downward
    (of rain) falling lightly in very small drops
    dropping, falling
    coming down freely under the influence of gravity
    falling in drops or as if falling like rain
    being or moving lower in position or less in some value
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