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descender

[dih-sen-der] /dɪˈsɛn dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that descends.
2.
Printing.
  1. the part of a lowercase letter that goes below the body.
  2. a letter having such a part, as p, q, j, or y.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; descend + -er1
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  • The words included seven neutral words and eight words with both one ascender and one descender.
British Dictionary definitions for descender

descender

/dɪˈsɛndə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that descends
2.
(printing) the portion of a letter, such as j, p, or y, below the level of the base of an x or n
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Word Origin and History for descender
n.

in typography, "part of a letter that extends below the body," 1802, agent noun from descend.

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descender in Technology

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A lowercase letter that extends below the base line, such as "g", "j", or "p". Also used to denote the part of the letter extending below the base line. Compare ascender.
(1998-03-27)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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