as·​cend·​er ə-ˈsen-dər How to pronounce ascender (audio)
: 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
: 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 An ascender then lifted them off the lunar surface and transferred them in lunar orbit to a re-entry vehicle, which then traveled back to Earth after separating from its lunar orbiter. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 25 June 2024 The China National Space Administration said the spacecraft withstood a high temperature test on the lunar surface, and acquired the samples using both drilling and surface collection before stowing them in a container inside the ascender of the probe as planned. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 18 June 2024 That satellite also played a crucial role in the Chang’e 6’s ascender launching today. Justine Calma, The Verge, 4 June 2024 Chang’e 6’s ascender launched from the back of the Moon, the side facing away from Earth, at 7:38AM Beijing time. Justine Calma, The Verge, 4 June 2024 While wearing a helmet and harness, you are connected to a rope in the tree with hand ascenders and foot loops. oregonlive, 26 June 2023 The optimism emanates from having a third-year starting quarterback, the internal gushing over Tommy Rees’ promotion to offensive coordinator and an exciting wave of receivers led by reinstated 2019 suspendee Kevin Austin Jr. and late-season ascender Braden Lenzy. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2020 There's another problem with this ascender and its battery. Wired, 24 July 2022 The lander will dig for materials with its drill and robotic arm and transfer them to the ascender, which will lift off from the moon and dock with the service capsule. Sam McNeil, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascender was circa 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Ascender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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