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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Sydney, the only climber in the top ten, went up by two places thanks to an improvement in its environment score. The Economist, "Vienna remains the world’s most liveable city," 4 Sep. 2019 Paramedics from the park gave the fallen climber medical attention while awaiting the helicopter. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Climber falls 20 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park, suffers serious injuries," 30 Aug. 2019 This isn't the Shard's first brush with free-climbers. Jack Guy, CNN, "Man seen climbing London's Shard skyscraper without harness," 8 July 2019 Emergency crews were dispatched at 6:50 p.m. with the climber declared deceased a short time later. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway resident dies in hiking fall in Colorado," 3 July 2019 An outpouring of support filled an online memorial wall for Stoops, expressing gratitude for her work with children and Habitat for Humanity, as well as her mentorship and friendship with other climbers. Colleen Shalby,, "Middle school educator dies while rock climbing in Yosemite," 17 June 2019 Fleece, the humble fabric beloved by hikers and rock climbers has unexpectedly made its way to the fashion runways, as seen here at Italy’s MSGM and Alyx in Paris. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Humble Fleece Jacket Became High Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 The teams transported rescue climbers and gear to the top of the cliffs using the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway., "A rock climber was airlifted from a ledge on a cliff face after he fell 50 feet and sustained life-threatening injuries, resulting in a harrowing rescue mission Sunday morning in the White Mountains, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 Vibrations from mild and medium seismic events and traffic, both rare here, as well as wind, rock climbers and helicopters, are too small to disturb Castleton. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Taking the Pulse of a Sandstone Tower in Utah," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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