de·​scend·​er | \ di-ˈsen-dər How to pronounce descender (audio) , ˈdē-ˌsen- \

Definition of descender

: the part of a lowercase letter (such as p) that descends below the main body of the letter also : a letter that has such a part

Examples of descender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The landing of Chang'e 5's descender and ascender unit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "China releases a super-clear image of the Moon taken by Chang’e 5 probe," 2 Dec. 2020 The descender separated from the orbiter the next day. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "China lands unmanned spacecraft on moon in bid to become third nation to bring lunar samples back to Earth," 1 Dec. 2020 The ascenders and descenders are consequently short; in her view that gives the font a clinical, businesslike air unsuited to fiction. The Economist, "Setting type How the world’s old printing presses are being brought back to life," 18 Dec. 2019 The pair improved readability of the Federal Highway Administration's standard alphabet by tweaking the relative heights of letters and the lengths of ascenders and descenders. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The New Sign Language," 1 Mar. 2005

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First Known Use of descender

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Descender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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