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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Being scared is totally normal, even for veteran climbers. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here's What Indoor Climbers Should Know About Climbing Outside for the First Time," 18 Aug. 2018 Everything from churches to movie theaters to a hospital power plant have been remodeled for climbers. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The ascent of climbing gyms, and battle for post-industrial real estate," 25 July 2018 The group behind the banner, Rise and Resist, said the climber wasn’t connected to the earlier demonstration., "Contractors housing migrant children are close to Trump’s inner circle," 4 July 2018 This precaution was a legacy of the Lendrum years, when the climber and his father were convicted of falsifying nest records to cover up their theft of hundreds of eggs for their private collection. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, "A Birder’s Paradise in Zimbabwe," 18 Apr. 2018 When pole climbers were undeterred by the Crisco, the department switched to slathering hydraulic fluid ahead of the Super Bowl. Stephanie Farr,, "Villanova is greasing those poles: How Radnor is readying for NCAA championship game," 2 Apr. 2018 Steck was the preternaturally talented sport climber who could flash up technical routes faster than almost anyone. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 The climbers went missing after a Boy Scout troop from Seattle went hiking at the 10,781-foot volcano on Sunday. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "4 climbers, including 2 Boy Scouts, found alive after going missing while hiking Mount Baker in Washington," 2 Oct. 2018 Terminal cancer sparks a climber’s new sense of motivation. Amanda Schupak, SELF, "The Exquisite, Painful Irony of Being a Health Editor With Breast Cancer During Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 19 Oct. 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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