Definition of ascender
1 : the part of a lowercase letter (such as b) that rises above the main body of the letter; also : a letter that has such a part
2 : a device used for climbing rope that slides freely in one direction and grips the rope when pulled in the opposite direction
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The pair improved readability of the Federal Highway Administration's standard alphabet by tweaking the relative heights of letters and the lengths of ascenders and descenders.
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