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ascender

[uh-sen-der] /əˈsɛn dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that ascends or causes ascension.
2.
Printing.
  1. the part of a lowercase letter, as b, d, f, h, that rises above x-height.
  2. a letter rising above x-height, as b, d, f, h, etc.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; ascend + -er1
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Examples for ascender
  • They would go up using a mechanical ascender, a device that actually clips onto the rope.
  • The words included seven neutral words and eight words with both one ascender and one descender.
British Dictionary definitions for ascender

ascender

/əˈsɛndə/
noun
1.
(printing)
  1. the part of certain lower-case letters, such as b or h, that extends above the body of the letter
  2. any letter having such a part
2.
a person or thing that ascends
3.
another word for ascendeur
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A lowercase letter that extends above the "x-height" (the height of the letter "x"), such as "d", "t", or "h". Also used to denote the part of the letter extending above the x-height.
Compare descender.
(1998-03-27)

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