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Ascending node Explained

Ascending node at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Node \Node\, n. [L. nodus; perh. akin to E. knot. Cf. {Noose},
1. A knot, a knob; a protuberance; a swelling.

2. Specifically:
(a) (Astron.) One of the two points where the orbit of a
planet, or comet, intersects the ecliptic, or the
orbit of a satellite intersects the plane of the orbit
of its primary.
(b) (Bot.) The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf
or several leaves are inserted.
(c) (Dialing) A hole in the gnomon of a dial, through
which passes the ray of light which marks the hour of
the day, the parallels of the sun's declination, his
place in the ecliptic, etc.
(d) (Geom.) The point at which a curve crosses itself,
being a double point of the curve. See {Crunode}, and
(e) (Mech.) The point at which the lines of a funicular
machine meet from different angular directions; --
called also {knot}. --W. R. Johnson.
(f) (poet.) The knot, intrigue, or plot of a piece.
(g) (Med.) A hard concretion or incrustation which forms
upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or
syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the
neighborhood of a joint. --Dunglison.
(h) (Mus) One of the fixed points of a sonorous string,
when it vibrates by aliquot parts, and produces the
harmonic tones; nodal line or point.
(i) (Zo["o]l.) A swelling.

{Ascending node} (Astron.), the node at which the body is
passing northerly, marked with the symbol [astascending],
called the Dragon's head. Called also {northern node}.

{Descending node}, the node at which the body is moving
southwardly, marked thus [astdescending], called Dragon's

{Line of nodes}, a straight line joining the two nodes of an

Ascending \As*cend"ing\, a.
Rising; moving upward; as, an ascending kite. --
{As*cend"ing*ly}, adv.

{Ascending latitude} (Astron.), the increasing latitude of a
planet. --Ferguson.

{Ascending line} (Geneol.), the line of relationship traced
backward or through one's ancestors. One's father and
mother, grandfather and grandmother, etc., are in the line
direct ascending.

{Ascending node} having, that node of the moon or a planet
wherein it passes the ecliptic to proceed northward. It is
also called the {northern node}. --Herschel.

{Ascending series}. (Math.)
(a) A series arranged according to the ascending powers of a
(b) A series in which each term is greater than the

{Ascending signs}, signs east of the meridian.

ascending node at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

ascending node
n : the point at which an orbit crosses the ecliptic plane going
north [ant: {descending node}]