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Dictionary Definition

ascender

Noun

1 someone who ascends
2 a lowercase letter that has a part extending above other lowercase letters
3 (printing) the part of tall lowercase letters that extends above the other lowercase letters

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English

Etymology

to ascend + -er

Noun

Translations

Spanish

Verb

ascender
  1. to ascend, to mount, to climb
  2. to advance
  3. (status) to rise

Conjugation

Extensive Definition

thumb|390px|The ascenders are the parts of the characters that lie above the midline.In typography, an ascender is the portion of a letter in a Latin-derived alphabet that extends above the mean line of a font. That is, the part of the letter that is taller than the font's x-height.
Ascenders, together with descenders, increase the recognizability of words. For this reason, British highway road signs that must be read quickly no longer use all capital letters.

References

ascender in German: Liniensystem (Typografie)
ascender in Spanish: Asta ascendente
ascender in Italian: Tratto ascendente
ascender in Dutch: Stokletter
ascender in Serbian: Асцент
ascender in Swedish: Överhäng
ascender in Chinese: 升部
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