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descender

[dih-sen-der]
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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.
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Origin of descender

First recorded in 1660–70; descend + -er1
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Examples from the Web for descender

Historical Examples

  • Basta descender cinco mil varas para pasar de los musgos del polo a las selvas del Ecuador.

    Heath's Modern Language Series: The Spanish American Reader

    Ernesto Nelson


British Dictionary definitions for descender

descender

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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