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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section IV. Motion
4. Motion with Reference to Direction

305. [Motion Upwards.] Ascent.

   NOUN:ASCENT, ascension; rising &c. v.; rise, upgrowth, upward flight, upgrade; leap [See Leap]; grade [U. S.], gradient [Eng.], ramp, acclivity, hill [See Obliquity].
  STAIRWAY, staircase, stair [esp. in Scot.], stairs; flight of -steps, – stairs; ladder, scaling ladder; Jacob’s ladder, companionway, companion, companion ladder [all naut.]; escalator, elevator [See Elevation].
  [COMPARISONS] rocket, skyrocket, lark, skylark; Alpine Club.
   VERB:ASCEND, rise, mount, arise, uprise; go up, get up, work one’s way up, start up, spring up, shoot up; aspire, aim high.
  plane swim, float.
  CLIMB, shin [colloq.], swarm [colloq.], clamber, ramp [rare], scramble, escalade, surmount; wind upward; scale, – the heights.
  TOWER, soar, hover, spire, go-, fly- aloft; surge; leap [See Leap].
   ADJECTIVE:RISING &c. v.; upcast; scandent, buoyant; supernatant, superfluitant; excelsior.
   ADVERB:UP, upward or upwards, skyward. heavenward, toward the empyrean; upturned; uphill.
  1. Hark! hark! the lark at heaven’s gate sings.—Shakespeare
  2. They climbed the steep ascent of heaven.—Heber
  3. Higher still and higher, From the earth thou springest.—Shelley