[ uh-sen-der ]
/ əˈsɛn dər /


a person or thing that ascends or causes ascension.
  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 of ascender

First recorded in 1615–25; ascend + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ascender

/ (əˈsɛndə) /


  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
a person or thing that ascends
another word for ascendeur
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