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 crowd cheer and Hinds respond by wreaking havoc, jumping off the drum riser, creating a chain reaction for the fans to dance wilder. Eve Barlow, GQ, "15 Hours With Hinds, Spain's Wildest Rock Band," 25 June 2018 Foudy has also been a late-riser up draft boards, and his speed makes him a potential impact player in a Red Wings system that desperately needs them. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Final NHL mock draft: Major changes in top 10; Coyotes could land Brady Tkachuk," 20 June 2018 For instance, the team recently used the structure before a Pearl Jam concert to keep risers on the field from heating up in the sun and singeing the grass. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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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