ris·​er | \ ˈrī-zər How to pronounce riser (audio) \

Definition of riser

1 : one that rises (as from sleep)
2 : the upright member between two stair treads
3 : a stage platform on which performers are placed for greater visibility
4 : a vertical pipe (as for water or gas) or a vertical portion of an electric wiring system
5 : one of the straps that connects a parachutist's harness with the shroud lines

Examples of riser in a Sentence

The school choir stood on the risers for the concert.
Recent Examples on the Web With a top speed of up to 20km/h and risers that will take you up to an 18 percent gradient. Popular Science, "Treadmills that get you closer to your indoor exercise goals," 29 Apr. 2020 The major improvement was replacing the original solid stairwell with a luminescent architectural one, composed of aluminum grilles with glass decking, glass stair treads and clear risers. Los Angeles Times, "Before & After: A master architect passes the torch in Malibu," 3 Apr. 2020 To do this, tape off the top lip and bottom edge and paint each riser. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Paint Stairs (and Why You Should!)," 28 Mar. 2020 Try propping the monitor or laptop on a stack of books or investing in a monitor riser. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Upgrade the background of your video chats," 25 Mar. 2020 Tampa Bay should still be very good, and don’t snooze on Toronto as a riser in the AL East, either. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Why you shouldn’t give up on this Red Sox season," 26 Feb. 2020 After his riser rotated to present a different array of drums, Peart played low, full beats usually associated with world music. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Rush drummer Neil Peart showcased his virtuosity across decades of Indianapolis shows," 11 Jan. 2020 Both of these can result in some bizarre glitching, especially since the game renders your virtual arms and legs at all times, which can get caught in the game's risers, ladders, and other geometry for no good reason. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Boneworks review: An absolute VR mess—yet somehow momentous," 12 Dec. 2019 But on this occasion there wasn't a press release to announce her arrival or news outlet cameras crowded onto a press riser. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Elizabeth Warren attacks Mike Bloomberg on his home turf," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of riser

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2020

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“Riser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riser. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of riser

: a person who gets out of bed after sleeping
technical : the upright board between two stairs
US : a set of tall and wide steps for standing or sitting on

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