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for Ascension Day
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Ascension \As*cen"sion\, n. [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr.
ascendere. See Ascend.]
1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the
fortieth day after his resurrection. (--Acts i. 9.) Also,
3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that
which arises, as from distillation.
Vaporous ascensions from the stomach. --Sir T.
Ascension Day, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the
day on which commemorated our Savior's ascension into
heaven after his resurrection; -- called also Holy
Right ascension (Astron.), that degree of the equinoctial,
counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a
star, or other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the
arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of
Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the
meridian with the star; -- expressed either in degrees or
Oblique ascension (Astron.), an arc of the equator,
intercepted between the first point of Aries and that
point of the equator which rises together with a star, in
an oblique sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted
between the first point of Aries and that point of the
equator that comes to the horizon with a star. It is
little used in modern astronomy.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into
heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter [syn:
Ascension, Ascension Day, Ascension of the Lord]
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