climb·​er | \ˈklī-mər \
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 surveyors on the mountain also worked with climbers from southern Thailand who specialize in scaling caves and cliffs to procure swallows’ nests—a delicacy in parts of Asia. Wilawan Watcharasakwet And Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Thailand Cave Rescue: Former Thai Navy SEAL Dies After Diving Operation," 6 July 2018 In the vein of works by Joseph Beuys made on felt, Roesch’s drawings depict the world’s deadliest mountains for climbers. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Ariane Roesch gives social climbers the red-carpet treatment," 16 May 2018 Double Amputee Xia Boyu Climbs Mount Everest Time For serious mountain climbers, there's more to life than just reaching the top of Mount Everest. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Reaching Mount Everest's peak, Australian sets '7 Summits' speed-climbing record," 16 May 2018 The 25,000-square-foot gym offers options for climbers of all skill levels and ages. Tara Massouleh,, "How to spend a day in Inverness on Highway 280," 14 Mar. 2018 The routine initially sparked some skepticism among climbers. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Climber Eva López Has a PhD in Finger Strength," 9 July 2018 The activist group behind the banner, Rise and Resist, tweeted that the climber wasn't connected to its demonstration. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Statue of Liberty Climber is in Custody," 4 July 2018 Two climbers discovered the body Monday, Thomson said. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "58-year-old Hanover man found dead in Maryland state park," 11 July 2018 On Saturday morning, the dangerous reality of speed climbing was brought into focus when two veteran Yosemite climbers, Tim Klein and Jason Wells, fell 1,000 feet to their deaths from the lower pitches of the Salathé wall, adjacent to the Nose. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Outrageously High Cost of Speed Climbing," 4 June 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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