If a group of things is arranged in ascending order, each thing is bigger, greater, or more important than the thing before it.
See also ascend

Now draw or trace ten dinosaurs in ascending order of size. ascending spiral of antisocial behaviour.

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  • Ascending — As*cend ing, a. Rising; moving upward; as, an ascending kite. {As*cend ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Ascending latitude} (Astron.), the increasing latitude of a planet. Ferguson. {Ascending line} (Geneol.), the line of relationship traced… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascending — [ə sen′diŋ] adj. 1. that ascends 2. Bot. rising or curving upward from a trailing position, as the stems of certain vines and shrubs …   English World dictionary

  • Ascending — infobox Book | name = Ascending title orig = translator = author = James Alan Gardner cover artist = country = Canada language = English series = League of Peoples genre = Science fiction novel publisher = Eos release date = 2001 media type =… …   Wikipedia

  • ascending — I noun the act of changing location in an upward direction • Syn: ↑rise, ↑ascent, ↑ascension • Derivationally related forms: ↑ascensional (for: ↑ascension), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ascending — as|cend|ing [ ə sendıŋ ] adjective only before noun moving toward a higher level or position: in ascending order (=with each one higher or bigger than the one before): The results were ranked in ascending order …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ascending — UK [əˈsendɪŋ] / US adjective [only before noun] moving towards a higher level or position in ascending order (= with each one higher or bigger than the one before): The results were ranked in ascending order …   English dictionary

  • Ascending — Ascend As*cend , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ascended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ascending}.] [L. ascendere; ad + scandere to climb, mount. See {Scan}.] 1. To move upward; to mount; to go up; to rise; opposed to {descend}. [1913 Webster] Higher yet that star… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascending — adjective Date: 1581 1. a. rising or increasing to higher levels, values, or degrees < ascending powers of x > b. mounting or sloping upward 2. rising upward usually from a more or less prostrate base or point of attachment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ascending — adj. Ascending is used with these nouns: ↑order …   Collocations dictionary

  • ascending — ascendingly, adv. /euh sen ding/, adj. 1. moving upward; rising. 2. Bot. growing or directed upward, esp. obliquely or in a curve from the base. [1350 1400; ME; see ASCEND, ING2] * * * …   Universalium

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