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

n the act of changing location in an upward direction

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)
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motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

adj 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
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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