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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Benches and cubbies will give climbers a place to rest and store their items. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018 Alternative exits are being considered through chimneys above, which could be widened to allow climbers in and out. Time, "Grandfather of Trapped Thai Boy Says He’ll ‘Never Let Them Near a Cave Again’," 5 July 2018 Both climbers slid 1,000 feet, then dropped about 10 feet into a crevasse on Peters Glacier. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Weeks after her wedding day, a Polish climber survives a 1,000-foot slide from a Denali ridge," 6 June 2018 Tree Toppers Peaceful and invigorating, recreational tree climbing allows climbers to ascend into and explore trees safely. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take to the lakes or the tree tops with these summer Oconomowoc recreation classes," 4 June 2018 But perhaps the biggest danger is when climbers treat the summit as the journey's end point. Katy Scott, CNN, "The dangers of oxygen deprivation on Everest," 4 June 2018 During last year's climbing season, which usually runs from March until May, 202 climbers summitted from the Tibetan side, versus 446 from the Nepali side, while thousands of tourists visited base camps on both sides. Muyu Xu And David Stanway, The Christian Science Monitor, "China clears Everest of 9.4 tons of waste," 4 June 2018 But there will be no cost to opening the doors of his government’s Foreign Ministry to every useful idiot, true believer in utopia, and power-hungry climber in the country. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Trump’s Mexico Problem," 3 June 2018 The world’s most famous speed-climbing record was broken Wednesday, this time by two of Yosemite’s most illustrious climbers who teamed up to scale the 3,000-foot prow of El Capitan in a little over two hours. Peter Fimrite,, "Duo breaks speed-climbing record on Yosemite’s El Capitan Nose," 30 May 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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