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  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.
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Origin of ascender

First recorded in 1615–25; ascend + -er1
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Examples from the Web for ascender

Historical Examples

  • The head of a stem (especially of an ascender) should be slightly wider than the foot (fig. 83).

    Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering

    Edward Johnston

  • Before reaching the half Ascender made a spurt and was third, but he soon died away, Drake Carter taking third place.

British Dictionary definitions for ascender


  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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