a person or thing that ascends or causes ascension.
- the part of a lowercase letter, as b, d, f, h, that rises above x-height.
- a letter rising above x-height, as b, d, f, h, etc.
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- ascending artery,
- ascending colon,
- ascending degeneration
Origin of ascender
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Examples from the Web for ascender
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.History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921|John Lawrence O'Connor
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