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ASCENDANTS. Those from whom a person is descended, or from whom he derives his birth, however remote they may be.
     2. Every one has two ascendants at the first degree, his father and mother; four at the second degree, his paternal grandfather and grandmother, and his maternal grandfather and grandmother; eight at the third. Thus in going up we ascend by various lines which fork at every generation. By this progress sixteen ascendants are found at the fourth degree; thirty-two, at the fifth sixty-four, at the sixth; one hundred and twenty-eight at the seventh, and so on; by this progressive increase, a person has at the twenty-fifth generation, thirty-three millions five hundred and fifty-four thousand, four hundred and thirty-two ascendant's. But as many of the ascendants of a person have descended from the same ancestor, the lines which were forked, reunite to the first common ancestor, from whom the other descends; and this multiplication thus frequently interrupted by the common ancestors, may be reduced to a few persons. Vide Line.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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They shinny up the ropes using metal ascenders operated by their hands and their feet.
In Impossible Is Nothing (all works 2005), the first projection, to the left, there was a video loop in which the logos of sports brands like Adidas and Nike could be discerned, along with their slogans (in English): IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING and YOU ARE FASTER THAN YOU THINK; and, in Spanish, DESAFIAR, CONTROLAR, ASCENDER, DOMINAR (challenge, control, rise up, master).
One of these was the letter thorn (centre right), pronounced as th and also represented as a but with a tall ascender. The other was yogh (below right), which looked like a lowercase z, but curving below the line.
With the help of a mechanical ascender, guides and novice climbers creep up ropes like inchworms into the forest canopy.
Nigel Smith, chief executive Officer of Ascender, said: "Hacienda del Alamo is becoming one of the leading golf resorts in Europe.
Thomas Voeckler's gutsy stint in the yellow jersey will probably end tomorrow, while the two remaining time trials will surely be the undoing of ace ascender Ivan Basso.
The Air Force will be testing a 175-foot long, V-shaped, helium-lift airship called Ascender, manufactured by JP Aerospace (Sacramento, CA), under contract to Scitor Corp.
The trip to a couple of the 284 over-3,000ft peaks that dot Scotland is, hardly surprisingly, being led by Clwyd West AM Alun Pugh, an inveterate ascender of Snowdonia.
Aerospace engineers say a new type of superplane, the Ascender, will use advanced jet and rocket technology to blast into space and circle the globe at speeds up to 17,000 miles an hour.