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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Hill, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver, has been a fast riser this summer and now holds offers from UAB, Nebraska, Iowa and others. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Recruiting notebook: Latest on Alabama and Auburn commits, others with Power 5 offers," 31 July 2019 Here's a look at how and when to watch, and what to expect: Mueller hearing time During his time as FBI chief and as special counsel, the former Marine had a reputation as an early riser who would be at work before 7 am. NBC News, "Robert Mueller testimony: Everything you need to know," 23 July 2019 An early riser, Stevens liked to work on opinions at home in Virginia for several hours before driving across the Potomac and to the court. Los Angeles Times, "John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court justice, dead at 99," 16 July 2019 Starr holds court during rehearsals from his familiar perch on the drum riser, setting the tone for jovial camaraderie and playful teasing with a steady stream of dry one-liners between songs. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 First, her crew ripped out the theater seats, then the risers, then the stage itself at Wilton Theater Factory. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "In ‘The Gravedigger,’ Fort Lauderdale director unearths Frankenstein’s monster at Popcorn Frights Film Festival," 5 Aug. 2019 Two high risers in 2020 Jeffersonville’s Tre Coleman, who also plays with Indiana Elite, was one of the players who helped himself the most in June. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Eight key storylines for July recruiting evaluation period," 10 July 2019 What to watch: Another piece acquired in the Paxton deal with the Yankees, Swanson, 25, is another riser who could make his major-league debut in Seattle at some point this year. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Names to watch: Breaking down the Mariners’ Top 15 prospects for 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 Savage, who was named second-team All-Big Ten as a senior at Maryland, was one of the fastest risers in the draft, with the Packers trading up to No. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, ex-Maryland star Darnell Savage Jr. to throw out first pitches at Orioles’ game Wednesday," 16 July 2019

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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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