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.

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The sturdy third baseman has been one of the bigger risers on draft boards this spring. Richard Morin, azcentral, "MLB mock draft 1.0: Valley high-school stars Matthew Liberatore, Nolan Gorman in top 10," 18 May 2018 Notes: Defensive lineman Jullian Taylor, who missed most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons with knee injuries, could be one of the risers in the draft. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Sean Chandler improves 40-yard dash time at Temple's pro day," 19 Mar. 2018 Early risers Holy Cross and Gloucester Catholic will start the season on one of the earliest opening dates in South Jersey football history, as the Rams will visit the Lancers on Thursday, Aug. 30. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Football notebook: Brian Glatz takes over as Cherokee coach," 29 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals, led by their pitching, were the biggest risers, moving up eight spots to No. 6, while the Blue Jays dropped eight spots to No. 16. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB power rankings: Yankees leapfrog Red Sox for top spot as AL East battle continues," 14 May 2018 Lopez Obrador, a famously early riser, arrived at around 7:30 a.m. in southern Mexico City, at a polling center inside an office of Mexico’s national water commission. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "Mexicans head to polls to choose a new president as relations with U.S. grow unusually fraught," 1 July 2018 The Crossover's Front Ooffice names five risers to watch. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Five Mid-Major Prospects That Should Be on NBA Radars," 8 Jan. 2018 All of the action was concentrated at the mouth of the hyperloop track, where attendees crowded onto metal risers to watch the teams race their pods through the low-pressure tube. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "SpaceX’s hyperloop race was all about ‘maximum speed’ (and celebrating Elon Musk)," 28 July 2018 Saturday Breakfast Early risers can snag a counter seat at the compact S&J Café. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two days to explore Oconomowoc," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of riser

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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