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descender

[ dih-sen-der ]
/ dɪˈsɛn dər /
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noun

a person or thing that descends.
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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Nearby words

descemetocele, descend, descendant, descended, descendent, descender, descendeur, descendible, descending, descending artery of knee, descending colon

Origin of descender

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for descender

descender

/ (dɪˈsɛndə) /

noun

a person or thing that descends
printing the portion of a letter, such as j, p, or y, below the level of the base of an x or n
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for descender

descender


n.

in typography, "part of a letter that extends below the body," 1802, agent noun from descend.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper