ascender

noun
as·cend·er | \ ə-ˈsen-dər , ˈa- \

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. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The New Sign Language," 1 Mar. 2005

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First Known Use of ascender

circa 1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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