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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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There are, of course, other descenders which you might use, such as the Shelton Fish Descender, Ecoleeser or something of your own manufacture.
Belonging to the Rollgliss[TM] Technical Rescue range of products, the descenders have been upgraded for improved performance and tested to multiple standards to increase the descenders certification and use criteria.
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The best two descenders in the peloton are Thor Hushovd - as he proved with his thrilling catch of Jeremy Roy on Friday - and Fabian Cancellara, but the climb should put them out of contention.
OUR SAY: PAGE 28 BLUES PRAYER Behold, o God, of our descenders Look upon the faith Obafemi Martins So Lord, ye know that one day in the Premeir League Is better than 1,000 anywhere else Don't count the Carling Cup against us and lead us not into a bad goal difference Deliver us from Spurs and the drop into the Championship Forever and ever Amen The prayer was specially adapted by Father Cross from Psalm 84 so Birmingham Mail readers l and Blues fans can join together and plead for help from above before kick-off tomorrow.
The lengths of the top strokes and the descenders are equally revealing.