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1. One that descends.
2. Printing
a. The part of the lowercase letters, such as g, p, and q, that extends below the other lowercase letters.
b. A letter with such a part.


1. a person or thing that descends
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing the portion of a letter, such as j, p, or y, below the level of the base of an x or n


(dɪˈsɛn dər)

1. one that descends.
2. the part of a lowercase letter, as p, q, j, or y, that goes below the body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.descender - someone who descends
abseiler, rappeller - a person who descends down a nearly vertical face by using a doubled rope that is wrapped around the body and attached to some high point
mover - someone who moves
2.descender - a lowercase letter that has a part extending below other lowercase letters
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
3.descender - (printing) the part of lowercase letters that extends below the other lowercase letters
printing process, printing - reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
line - a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"


n (Typ) → Unterlänge f
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I would have liked more of an advantage over Murray at the top to be honest, as I know how good a descender he is, but it proved enough in the end as I had worked hard to build that lead at the top.
Guiscardo intese ben tutte le trame e la sequente notte ando la suso, vestito se era di grosso curame che non l'offenda [l]i spini del buco; et a uno aspe grosso sul forame ligo la corda per descender giuso, (4) cossi intro Gu[i]scardo in quella sera dove con gran desio spettato era.
At seemingly random intervals they would meet on a landing or stairwell, and instead of slipping past each other (no matter how physically improbable), the descender would hand off his box, bedroll, air-conditioning unit down to the ascendee, and their roles would immediately reverse.
Criticando profundamente essa teoria, Plotino confere a estetica um novo sentido de onde vai descender o mundo corporeo.
But gravity is friendlier to the descender, and the sun was out on the journey back.
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Also in the England squad is three-times winner Ian Holmes, who, although in the veteran category, is still a fearsome descender.