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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Joined at the White House by hard-hat tower climbers, farmers and ranchers—representing groups that could benefit from 5G’s rollout in the U.S.—Mr. John D. Mckinnon And Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "U.S. Moves to Accelerate 5G Rollout in Race With China," 12 Apr. 2019 Authorities initially believed a haul bag dropped from climbers above and caused the fall, J.J. says. Char Adams,, "Wife of Man Who Fell to His Death While Rock Climbing with Best Friend in Yosemite Speaks Out," 5 June 2018 Triceps strength also is helpful as climbers must repeatedly lift tools above their head. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "An Elite Ice Climber’s Year-Round Workout," 23 Feb. 2019 The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing in New Zealand is urging other climbers to carefully consider their reliance on equipment that's been left permanently attached to rock faces. Nick Perry, Fox News, "American scientist dies while rock climbing in New Zealand," 24 Aug. 2018 Climb Pro Hikers and climbers will appreciate the Climb Pro Ascent Planner, which divides up the climbs in one session and provides the climb gradient, distance, and elevation gain for each segment. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Fenix 5S Plus review: So capable, so enviable, so expensive," 29 July 2018 Tochtrop is 39 and one of the nation's top climbers. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Tree climbers compete, show off mad skills (at 110 feet) during free event this weekend," 13 July 2018 As elite climbers, the men would often climb the 3,000-foot rock formation on weekends, a friend of the pair, Wayne Willoughby, told Char Adams,, "Best Friends Fall to Their Deaths While Rock Climbing in Yosemite National Park," 4 June 2018 Mountain climber Dolly Lefever, the first American woman to climb the Seven Summits, will be honored in the moments category, and the Arctic Winter Games will be inducted as an event. Anchorage Daily News, "World-class skier, multi-sport star claim inaugural Hall of Fame youth awards," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of climber

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

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The first known use of climber was in the 15th century

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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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