Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that ascends.
  • noun The part of the tall lowercase letters, such as b, d, and h, that extends above the other lowercase letters.
  • noun A letter with such a part.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who ascends.
  • noun An ascending letter. See ascending.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun typography The portion of a lowercase letter that extends above the midline of a typeface.
  • noun climbing a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lowercase letter that has a part extending above other lowercase letters
  • noun (printing) the part of tall lowercase letters that extends above the other lowercase letters
  • noun someone who ascends

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to ascend + -er

Examples

  • The ascender clips slide up and then lock in place, anchoring me to the rope as I pull and push, crunching and extending my body, inchworming through the open air, the lowest branches 150 feet above the ground.

    Taking Tree-Hugging to New Heights

  • I attach my ascender clips — big metal grips shaped like a smile — one at eye level, the other aligned with my knees.

    Taking Tree-Hugging to New Heights

  • 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.

    Taking Tree-Hugging to New Heights

  • Two German ironclad warships were rumored to be skulking nearby, and Deryn was meant to be watching for signals from Midshipman Newkirk, who was dangling from a Huxley ascender two thousand feet above them.

    Behemoth

  • A real ascender scout would have semaphore flags, or at least a message lizard that could scamper down the line.

    LEVIATHAN

  • Deryn glanced up, and saw Newkirk and his ascender drifting uselessly over the airship.

    LEVIATHAN

  • The video was produced and donated by Ascender Communications, LLC www.ascender-c.com at the request of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

    Poetry Can Change Harlem’s World «

  • An airbeast was inside: a Huxley ascender, its tentacles in the grips of a dozen ground men.

    LEVIATHAN

  • An airbeast was inside: a Huxley ascender, its tentacles in the grips of a dozen ground men.

    LEVIATHAN

  • A second ascender was in the air—Newkirk aboard, clutching an aerial bomb in his arms.

    LEVIATHAN

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