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a person or thing that ascends or causes ascension.

the part of a lowercase letter, as b, d, f, h, that rises above x-height.
a letter rising above x-height, as b, d, f, h, etc.

Historical Examples

The head of a stem (especially of an ascender) should be slightly wider than the foot (fig. 83).
Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering Edward Johnston

Before reaching the half ascender made a spurt and was third, but he soon died away, Drake Carter taking third place.
History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921 John Lawrence O’Connor


the part of certain lower-case letters, such as b or h, that extends above the body of the letter
any letter having such a part

a person or thing that ascends
another word for ascendeur

A lowercase letter that extends above the “x-height” (the height of the letter “x”), such as “d”, “t”, or “h”. Also used to denote the part of the letter extending above the x-height.
Compare descender.


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