climb·​er | \ ˈklī-mər How to pronounce climber (audio) \
plural climbers

Definition of climber

1a : a person or animal that climbs a tree climber a bicyclist who's an excellent climber a mountain climber We also teach how to handle a rope and how to belay another climber to protect them if they fall.— Lou Whittaker — see also rock climber
b : a climbing plant ivy and other climbers Owing to their size and abundance, climbing plants, especially the large woody climbers or lianes, are one of the most impressive features of the Tropical Rain forest.— P. W. Richards

Examples of climber in a Sentence

Chimpanzees are excellent climbers and spend a lot of their lives in trees. climbers like clematis and ivy

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The haunting final footage of a doomed group of international climbers who perished on India's second-highest mountain was released by authorities on Monday. Fox News, "Final footage of climbers who died on Himalayan mountain in India revealed," 9 July 2019 Pakistani mountaineering officials say a search team has spotted the bodies of two climbers, one from China and the other from Hong Kong, who went missing last week while scaling a peak in northern Pakistan. Washington Post, "Pakistani officials: Bodies of 2 Chinese climbers found," 21 June 2019 To be fair, senior executives tend to face greater risk even without mountain climbers factored in. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Skydiving, Mountain Climbing and Other Ways Execs Terrify Their Shareholders," 21 June 2019 The bones and preserved bodies of climbers who didn’t make it to the summit, revealed as the peak’s glaciers recede, are, for some, more than enough evidence that warming temperatures are melting the Himalayan glaciers at an increasingly quick clip. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Spy-Satellite Images Reveal How Climate Change Is Rapidly Melting the Himalayan Glaciers," 20 June 2019 The two avid climbers started Crawl/Stand/Walk, a design studio that devises creative climbing walls for kids and adults alike. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What to Know about Building a Rock-Climbing Wall in Your Home," 12 June 2019 Sure, traditional core exercises, like mountain climbers, leg lifts, and planks, are great. Amy Marturana, SELF, "7 Dumbbell Exercises That Work Your Core," 30 May 2019 Jess Roskelley, 36, is an American mountaineer and the son of pioneering mountain climber John Roskelley. Andrew Bisharat, National Geographic, "Three top mountain climbers presumed dead in avalanche," 18 Apr. 2019 Asking his favorite medium is like asking a mountain climber about his favorite peak, Crean said. Cristela Guerra,, "For these shipbuilders, it’s a small world," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of climber

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of climber

: someone who climbs mountains, cliffs, etc., as a sport
: an animal that climbs a lot or very well
: a plant that grows up walls, poles, etc.,

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