American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that descends.
- n. Printing The part of the lowercase letters, such as g, p, and q, that extends below the other lowercase letters.
- n. Printing A letter with such a part.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who descends.
- n. That which descends, as a descending letter (which see, under descending).
- n. A person or thing that descends.
- n. typography The part of a lowercase letter that is drawn below the bottom of lowercase letters, such as the tail of the letters g, p, and q.
- n. cycling A cyclist who excels at fast descents.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who descends.
- n. someone who descends
- n. (printing) the part of lowercase letters that extends below the other lowercase letters
- n. a lowercase letter that has a part extending below other lowercase letters
- descend + -er (“agent suffix”) (Wiktionary)
“The name descender is significant of the fact that there is along its whole course a descent to its banks; or it may simply denote the rapidity with which it "descends" to the Dead Sea.”
“It's when the dreadlocked, pierced-eared 19-year-old hooks a safety rope to a metal clip on his harness, wraps another rope through a metal device called a descender and steps from the roof of a building into nothingness.”
“Palestine -- the "descender," if not "the river of God" in the book of Psalms, at least that of his chosen people throughout their history.”
“Connected by a cable to a high-speed "descender" machine, riders wearing jumpsuits and harnesses will leap from the edge of the observation tower toward a landing platform 855 feet below.”
“Double-click on the 'descender' symbol in the library and add a new layer.”
“Return to Scene 1 and drag the 'descender' symbol onto the stage.”
“Es que al descender del avión y abandonar la manga de desembarco, la recepción que le dan a uno es sencillamente sorprendente.”
“I throw my sleeping bag in, tap my descender clip and sink in slowly.”
“I unhook my ascender and switch over to a descender, not really ready to leave, to drop through the branches and return to the ground, and in this moment of readjustment, of powering my body down and trying to memorize the view, I recognize the feeling.”
“At the same time, they held off a valiant pursuit from deadly descender Samuel Sanchez, who closed to within 18 seconds before finally conceding 50 seconds, and they increased their advantage over the Leipheimer-Menchov quartet from 1: 14 at the mountaintop to 2: 05 at the line.”
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