as·​cend·​er | \ ə-ˈsen-dər How to pronounce ascender (audio) , ˈa-ˌsen- \

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

Examples of ascender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Prusik Knot creates a loop that can be used as an ascender or decender. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 The ascenders and descenders are consequently short; in her view that gives the font a clinical, businesslike air unsuited to fiction. The Economist, "Setting type How the world’s old printing presses are being brought back to life," 18 Dec. 2019 The process of attaching and unattaching an ascender might add 10 or 15 seconds for each transition. National Geographic, "Traffic jams are just one of the problems facing climbers on Everest," 29 May 2019 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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“Ascender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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