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riser

[rahy-zer]
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noun
  1. a person who rises, especially from bed: to be an early riser.
  2. the vertical face of a stair step.
  3. any of a group of long boards or narrow platforms that can be combined in stepwise fashion: The choir stood on a horseshoe of risers behind the orchestra.
  4. a vertical pipe, duct, or conduit.
  5. Metallurgy. a chamber or enlarged opening at the top of a mold for allowing air to escape or adding extra metal.
  6. Nautical.
    1. a heavy strake of planking in the vicinity of the garboard strake in a wooden vessel.
    2. rising(def 10).

Origin of riser

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at rise, -er1
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  • Protruding metal is that which flowed up into gate and riser.

  • Dane reached the shaft of the riser—to find the platform gone.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • Perhaps they had by now secured a riser which would bring them up.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • At the roof the 40-inch riser is run into a 48-inch stand pipe.

  • He didn't have long to wait, for Tommy is quite as early a riser as Happy Jack.

    Happy Jack

    Thornton Burgess


British Dictionary definitions for riser

riser

noun
  1. a person who rises, esp from bedan early riser
  2. the vertical part of a stair or step
  3. a vertical pipe, esp one within a building
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Word Origin and History for riser

n.

late 14c., "rebel," agent noun from rise (v.). Meaning "one who rises" (from bed, in a certain manner) is mid-15c. Meaning "upright part of a step" is from 1771.

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