Ascent - (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
ASCENT', n. [L. ascensus.]
1. The act of rising; motion upwards, whether in air, water or other fluid, or on elevated objects; rise; a mounting upwards; as the ascent of vapors from the earth.
2. The way by which one ascends; the means of ascending.
3. An eminence, hill or high place.
4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; as, a road has an ascent of five degrees.
5. Acclivity; the rise of a hill; as a steep ascent.